Cargo handler WFS invests in new cargo terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport
Sep 05, 2018: In a recent move, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has invested in new cargo terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport, with a handling capacity of over 47,000 tonnes a year.
This is WFS’ first such facility in Italy, where the company previously only operated offices to provide documentation and cargo operations supervision services for American Airlines and China Cargo Airlines.
With the opening of the new cargo terminal at the end of July, WFS now operates from the airport’s newest freight building, which combines 5,000 square metres of warehouse space as well as a 3,000 square metre ramp area and a further 800 square metre of modern office accommodation. WFS has also invested to equip the operation with the latest cargo handling and ground support equipment, a cool area for temperature-controlled cargoes, and racking to store pallets and containers.
Massimiliano Introini, WFS’ managing director, Italy, said: “This is the first new cargo facility to open in Milan-Malpensa since 2004 and is part of a 10-15 year commitment by WFS to grow our presence at the airport, where total cargo volumes rose 7.5 percent in 2017 to 490,000 tonnes. This investment makes WFS the only international on-airport cargo handling operator in Italy.”
John Batten, EVP Cargo Europe Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA) at WFS, added: “In Milan, we will offer cargo handling and technology solutions that deliver the highest quality of service, safety and security, and we look forward to contributing to the airport’s continued success.”
American Airlines is WFS’ launch cargo handling customer in the new facility having signed a new and extended contract with WFS in 2018. The location will also provide offline handling services for other customers of WFS’ European network.
In Italy, WFS also provides cargo documentation services for airline customers in Rome and Venice.