WFS renews support to New York air cargo, inks 15-year lease on JFK’S new cargo
January 10, 2018: In a move to demonstrate its confidence in the New York air cargo market, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has signing a 15-year lease on a new state-of-the-art, 346,000 square feet cargo terminal.
According to reports, it's the first phase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's comprehensive Vision Plan to enhance the international reputation of John F. Kennedy International Airport.
WFS is one of the largest handlers at JFK. It handles over 650,000 tonnes of cargo every year for nearly 70 airlines at its nine facilities at the airport admeasuring over 760,000 square feet.
The projected opening of the new building in Q4 2020 supports WFS' commitment to the highest standards of safety, security and service. It will also enable it to offer JFK's first dedicated facilities for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products and perishables cargo.
The facility, which will have a throughput capacity of over 300 million kilos a year, will offer improved cargo flows and reduced transfer times, shorter truck waiting times and incorporate the latest security and screening systems and procedures.
Aeroterm has been awarded a contract by the port authority board of commissioners to build the new Aero JFK II facility with an investment of $132 million to facilitate its WFS operate from the airport's most modern cargo location.
The port authority board has also approved an additional investment of $62.2 million to upgrade taxiways CA and CB at JFK to accommodate its modern freighter aircraft.
Announcing the first phase of JFK's air cargo modernization program, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: 'We are transforming JFK into a world class state-of-the-art airport with this new cargo facility, which will be a major economic engine. With this much-needed modernisation of JFK's cargo operations, we will help create employment and support economic growth across the entire New York metropolitan area in the future.'
Michael A Duffy, WFS' Americas CEO said: 'We have been working on this project for some time, and it's a proud day for WFS and for JFK to see the commitment Governor Cuomo, port authority of New York, New Jersey and Aeroterm are making to this wonderful airport and this magnificent new cargo facility. As a major supporter of the New York cargo community, WFS is delighted to witness the ambition for JFK's cargo future, which will reinforce its position as one of the world's leading freight airports and gateways. With our own volume at JFK growing about six percent in 2017, the Aero JFK II facility will give us the capacity to grow and fulfil our prime global commitment to safety, security and service quality. It will also enable us to deliver the dedicated pharma and perishables handling facilities for customers at JFK.'
Meanwhile, the proposed Aero JFK-II facility will be built on a 26-acre site following the demolition of two 40-year-old and vacant cargo buildings at the airport. It will also provide ramp space for three wide-body aircraft.