Virgin Atlantic picks partners for daily Tel Aviv flights

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WTA Aviation and Swissport will support the launch and growth of Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s daily flight from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv from 25 September.

As the cargo general sales agent, WTA will be responsible for selling the 20 tonnes of daily cargo capacity on the Airbus A330-300 flights.

The direct service to London will provide fast connections to major North American cities, and is expected to attract high volumes of pharmaceutical, e-commerce, express and valuable shipments as well as high-tech products, fresh produce and other general cargo.

Swissport will provide cargo handling services at its 21,000 sq m warehouse terminal at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

The warehouse is equipped with temperature controlled cold and chill rooms as well as dedicated areas for valuable goods, DGR and live animals, and provides real-time technologies to optimise cargo build and for shipment tracking.

Swissport provides cargo handling in Tel Aviv for Virgin’s joint venture partner, Delta Cargo, extending the airlines’ co-location programme.

Claire Fallon, regional sales manager for Virgin Atlantic says: “We are confident WTA Aviation and Swissport will help us realise the potential of this exciting new route and deliver the high quality of service every Virgin Atlantic customer deserves and expects.”

David Zelnik, CEO and owner of WTA Aviation says: “The Israeli economy is extremely buoyant and exporters are continually looking for new opportunities so the timing of Virgin Atlantic’s new daily services is perfect. We already have customers wanting to use this additional cargo capacity.”

Uri Shochat, CEO of Swissport Israel says: “It is an honour to be chosen by Virgin Atlantic Cargo to provide cargo handling services in Tel Aviv and we are committed to high quality, service and success. We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship and hoping to contribute and strive for great results in the coming years.”