WFS sees North American cargo volumes surge 17% in 2017

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In the first seven months of the year, Worldwide Flight Services has observed a rise in cargo volumes of over 17% across its US network of nearly 60 cargo locations.

In 2016, WFS handled over 1.8m tonnes of cargo for customers in North America, and it won a further 37 new airline contracts in the opening seven months of this year, in addition to ten contract renewals from existing customers.

These agreements included contracts with Avianca Cargo in Miami, Atlas Air/Polar Air Cargo in Cincinnati and AirBridgeCargo Airlines in Los Angeles, as well as China Airlines in Chicago, LOT Polish in Newark and Los Angeles, and Swiss International Air Lines in San Diego.

This year has also seen the full integration of Consolidated Aviation Services following its acquisition by WFS at the start of 2016, making WFS the largest cargo handler in North America.

Ray Jetha, Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development for WFS in North America, says that the US holds plenty more opportunities for WFS, as the company continues to invest in its safety, security and high quality services.

“The air cargo industry is experiencing an uptick and we feel that we are in a good position to accommodate this growth with our current operations,” Jetha remarked. “As predicted, we will see an increase in the e-commerce market and this will certainly put some pressure on regular air cargo shipments. We are ready to take on this challenge and have put the necessary infrastructure in place in order to minimise the impact and also take advantage of the opportunities we expect to be created.
“We are also looking to grow our role as a partner to our airline customers in terms of providing value-added services for pharma/AVI/perishables etc. because we aim to provide airlines and their customers with a hassle-free, fully-controlled logistics chain under one roof,” he added.

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