Menzies Aviation wins five-year cargo contract with Avianca at MIA
Menzies Aviation has been awarded a five-year cargo contract with Avianca at Miami International Airport (MIA).
Menzies Aviation has been awarded a five-year cargo contract
with Avianca at Miami International Airport (MIA). This contract represents one
of the most significant wins in the history of Menzies’ cargo business.
Following a competitive process, Avianca selected Menzies as
its cargo handling partner of choice at MIA, a strategically important cargo
gateway for the airline and the top-ranking US domestic airport for
international freight. From May, a team of over 300 Menzies professionals will
provide warehouse cargo handling services for Avianca. Menzies and Avianca are
already working closely together in preparation for the start-up next month.
Avianca operates at MIA from a 225,000 square foot warehouse
and processes approximately 250,000 tonnes of cargo per annum through the
facility. The carrier focuses on flowers, fish, fruit and vegetables on the
import side, and a broad mix of commodities on the export side of the business.
This contract continues a period of significant growth for
Menzies’ cargo operations, with major contract wins across Oceania, Europe and
the US in the last six months and an expansion in its global cargo network from
36 to 42 airports.
John Redmond, executive vice president – Americas, said, “We
are so proud that Avianca has selected Menzies to be their cargo handling
partner at their Miami hub, which is a large-scale and complex operation for
the carrier. This award marks a major milestone, not only for our cargo
operations in the US but globally, and represents Avianca’s great confidence in
Menzies’ excellent standards and ability to provide a quality service that is
safe, secure and consistent. Our team is already working hard to ensure a
successful start-up, and we are looking forward to cultivating a strong and
close relationship with Avianca over the years to come.”
Ruben Atehortua, director - cargo operations, Avianca Cargo,
said, “The Avianca organisation is delighted to be starting a new chapter
alongside Menzies Aviation at our Miami hub, which is one of our most important
operations. We have every faith that this is the beginning of a strong alliance
which will enable us to continue providing an exceptional service to our
clients whilst enhancing our position in the Miami market. This partnership is
underscored by our mutual commitment to efficiency, improvement and
reliability, and we are looking forward to working closely with Menzies to
advance our state of the art operation.”