WFS makes strong start to 2018 in North America

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March 1, 2018: Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) North American operations made a perfect start in 2018 by winning and renewing cargo handling, ramp and passenger services contracts with airline customers across eight US stations.

At Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, WFS won the freighter handling contract for Turkish Airlines’ new twice-weekly flights to Istanbul. 

The agreement extends WFS’ existing relationship with the airline. New cargo handling contracts was awarded to WFS by Aer Lingus in Seattle for its new four times weekly flights to Dublin, commencing in May, while in Miami, Ethiopian Airlines was chosen to partner with WFS to support its new route from Addis Ababa. 

WFS expects to handle about 5,200 tonnes of freight every year for the airline. DHL Air has also renewed contracts with WFS in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Three new ramp handling contracts have been awarded to WFS during early January in Newark. With this contract, WFS will serve Austrian Airlines, Primera Air and Swiss International Air Lines at the airport. 

Swiss currently operates seven services every week to and from Newark, while Austrian operates five services. Primera Air is also launching seven services per week in April.

WFS is expecting to witness a strong demand in its passenger services in the US starting April, as it will serve passengers travelling on LOT Polish Airlines’ new weekly Warsaw-New York JFK-Warsaw flights, as well as those flying onboard Allegiant Air’s new six flights a week from Sarasota.

In Canada, it has signed a three-year contract with Lufthansa to handle about 6,000 tonnes every year from Frankfurt.

Ray Jetha, SVP, sales and business development of WFS said: “2017 was a very positive year for our stations in the US, and it’s pleasing to see this continuing since the start of 2018, with new contracts being awarded to us from both existing and new airline customers across all of our services. Most of these latest contracts are extensions of working relationships we have with these airline customers at other points in our network so we especially welcome their confidence in our ability to provide the same superior service, safety and security at more of the airports they serve across the US.”

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