WFS doubles cargo handling capacity at Boston Logan International airport

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Worldwide Flight Services has more than doubled its cargo handling operation at Boston Logan to accommodate new contracts with Lufthansa, SAS and Swiss International Air Lines.

Having operated at Boston Logan for the past 12 years, WFS had been working from a 30,000 square foot facility prior to this latest expansion, on behalf of three major airline customers: American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Following a successful bid for the new Cargo Building 62 in the South Cargo Area at the airport, it has now added a further 22,500 square feet of warehouse space, as well as over 26,000 square feet of truck docking, equipment storage and office space.

As well as the new warehouse and office developments, WFS has equipped Cargo Building 62 with dual-view x-ray screening equipment and CCTV monitoring systems, along with new forklift trucks and weighing systems and a cool facility for perishables. More than 50 additional employees have been recruited to support the growing operation at the airport.

Last year, WFS increased its handled cargo volumes in Boston by 6% to more than 24,000 tonnes. With its three new airline customers in its second facility, throughput at the airport will be boosted by another 55,000 tonnes a year.

For Lufthansa, WFS will handle cargo for its 21 Airbus A330 and A340 flights a week, connecting Boston with Frankfurt and Munich. These services will reduce to 14 per week during the winter season. For Swiss International Air Lines, WFS will manage the cargo onboard up to 14 weekly frequencies to and from Zurich. Both airlines have signed five-year contracts with WFS in Boston.

SAS has awarded WFS a three-year contract to manage cargo handling for its four Boeing 737-700 flights a week connecting Boston and Copenhagen. The SAS and Swiss contracts commence in September 2017, while Lufthansa’s contract will commence in October.

Michael Duffy, WFS’ CEO Americas, commented on the achievement. “We are proud that Massachusetts Port Authority awarded us the lease to this impressive new cargo facility and to be welcoming three such prestigious airline customers to Cargo Building 62,” he said. “We look forward to supporting the continued growth and success of Boston-Logan International airport.”

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