WFS opens pharma facility in Copenhagen - and wins another contract

Written by: Felicity Stredder |
New pharma facility at WFS' Copenhagen station
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Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has opened a new temperature-controlled, pharmaceuticals handling facility in Copenhagen.

The investment comes as part of the handler’s commitment to supporting its airline customers’ growing pharma requirements and in support of its own IATA CEIV Pharma certification programme in Denmark, which it expects to complete in early 2018.

The facility has the capacity to store up to 16 cargo units and offers separate temperature chambers, accommodating both 2-8°C and 15-25°C environments. The building is also equipped with an electronic rollerbed system in each lane, to expedite the handling of pharma shipments.

The WFS team in Denmark is also celebrating winning the cargo handling contract for Air India’s new three-times-weekly Boeing 787 passenger and cargo services from Copenhagen to Delhi.

Jimi Daniel Hansen, WFS’ General Manager Scandinavia, said: “We are delighted to be handling cargo carried onboard Air India’s new non-stop services between Denmark and India, which offers a direct trade link for exporters and importers in both countries.

“WFS is also progressing towards its IATA CEIV certification in Denmark with the opening of our new cooler facility to supports our customers’ premium cargo products for temperature-sensitive pharma shipments.”

In other Pharma-related achievements this month, WFS celebrated its Brussels cargo station becoming the first in Europe to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma certification. Here, WFS has installed two new dedicated pharma cells in its main warehouse, offering 15-25°C and 2-8°C temperature-controlled environments.

Currently, the handler is working towards Good Distribution Practice (GDP) or IATA CEIV Pharma accreditation at other major stations across its network, which also includes building new facilities in Paris and Milan.

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