Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded the handling concession for a new 5,000 sq. mt. cargo terminal at Milan Malpensa Airport, part of a major investment programme to increase the airport’s cargo capacity to one million tonnes a year by 2020.
WFS, the world’s largest cargo handler, will move into the new building in early 2016 on completion of the construction phase and will invest in excess of €1.8 million to equip the facility with modern handling systems and the necessary logistics infrastructure.
The successful bid is for a minimum of 10 years with the option of a further five years at Milan Malpensa, which handles some 50% of all air cargo exports from
WFS has operated an airline representative office at the airport since 2008 and
has cargo handling contracts in Italy
for major airline customers including American Airlines, US Airways and China
Cargo Airlines. Milan
The new cargo terminal will be built by SEA, the operator of
Milan’s Malpensa and Linate airports and will be developed
in conjunction with the technical department of WFS in . The building will incorporate seven
landside doors for trucks, a ramp for smaller vehicles, secure cages for
valuable cargo and dangerous goods, and cool rooms for temperature-controlled
shipments. The design will also include a 1,000 sq. mt. covered area on the air-side
ramp, an additional 2,000 sq. mt. ramp area and office accommodation. Paris
Emilio Fernandez, WFS’ CEO Europe, said: “We are proud to have been chosen to operate what will be a magnificent new cargo facility, and intend to play an important role in helping Milan Malpensa achieve its impressive growth targets for the next six years and beyond.”
Massimiliano Introini, Managing Director Italy at WFS, added: “WFS is the only international handler at MXP and will provide the global expertise, knowledge and services that will be essential in attracting more airlines from across the globe. We also offer the considerable benefits to airlines of our extensive road feeder system connecting the WFS airport network throughout
WFS expects to employ up to a further 50 new cargo personnel at Milan Malpensa when the cargo terminal opens.