WFS signs lease on new cargo terminal at New York’s JFK airport

Artist's impression of JFK facility to open 2020
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Worldwide Flight Services has signed a 15-year lease on a new state-of-the-art, 346,000 square foot cargo terminal at JFK.

This is the first phase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Vision Plan to enhance the international reputation of John F. Kennedy International airport.

WFS is already one of the largest handlers at JFK, handling over 650,000 tonnes of cargo a year for nearly 70 airlines at its nine facilities at the airport, currently spanning a footprint of over 760,000 square feet.

The new building in expected to open in the fourth quarter 2020 and will enable WFS to offer JFK’s first dedicated cargo facilities for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products and perishables.

The facility, which will have a throughput capacity of over 300 million kilogrammes a year, will offer improved cargo flows and reduced transfer times. Additionally, it will result in shorter truck waiting times and enhanced security and screening systems and procedures.

Aeroterm has been awarded the contract by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners to build the new Aero JFK II facility, a U$132m investment that will see its tenant WFS operating from the airport’s most modern cargo location.

The Port Authority Board has also approved a further US$62.2m project to upgrade taxiways CA and CB at JFK to accommodate modern freighter aircraft.

“We have been working on this project for some time and it is a proud day for WFS and for JFK to see the commitment Governor Cuomo, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Aeroterm are making to this wonderful airport and this magnificent new cargo facility,” commented Michael Duffy, WFS’ Americas Chief Executive Officer.

“With our own volumes at JFK growing some 6% in 2017, the Aero JFK II facility will give us the capacity to grow and to 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 customers at JFK are so keen to see,” Duffy concluded.

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