Atlanta airport picks WFS to operate the new cargo facility
June 10, 2019: Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), one of the leading cargo handlers, has won the tender to operate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s (H-JAIA) new Cargo Building C.
WFS is taking a long-term lease on the new facility, the most modern cargo terminal in Atlanta, to support the airport’s strong cargo growth. In 2018, cargo volumes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport rose 4.7 percent to over 700,000 tonnes, which followed a 7.5 percent increase in the previous year.
The company will commence operations in Cargo Building C in late 2019 and will announce its launch customers shortly.
Located in the airport’s South Cargo Area, the newly-constructed facility combines a 120,000 square feet warehouse and 20,000 square feet of office space and will incorporate freighter ramp handling facilities and a container bypass handling system. It will also house 2,500 square feet of dedicated cooling facilities capable of storing 140 skids plus ULD containers for handling pharmaceuticals as well as other perishables cargoes. WFS is also commencing the process to become the first cargo handling partner in Atlanta to achieve Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification.
WFS will equip the building with its unique ePic warehouse management system to maximise its operational efficiency and will also invest in the implementation of a multi-layered security system linked directly to its centralized Security Operations Center (SOC) in North America to provide 24/7 security surveillance.
Mike Simpson, WFS’ executive vice president Americas said: “We have been very attracted to Atlanta for some time and are excited by what we can do to support the airport’s long-term growth, most notably by bringing our best-in-class global safety and security standards to the market.”
Elliott Paige, Airport director, Air Service Development at H-JAIA commented: “Our goal is to offer the highest quality of handling services to attract high-value cargo onboard the more than 900,000 flight operations from Atlanta annually.”
WFS has recently expanded its facilities in Paris, New York JFK, Brussels, Copenhagen and Madrid which, with the addition of Atlanta, adds a further 700,000 square feet to its international operations footprint.