WFS invests in Johannesburg

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Lufthansa and Swiss WorldCargo have awarded Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) three-year cargo handling contracts at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, making them the second largest cargo handler in Johannesburg. WFS expect to handle some 23,000 tonnes per annum for the two airlines.

“Lufthansa and Swiss WorldCargo are both highly respected for the quality of their cargo operations, so we see these contracts as a strong endorsement of the WFS team and service in Johannesburg,” Malcolm Tonkin, WFS general manager for cargo, South Africa, commented. “This extends WFS’ working relationships with both airlines at major airports globally. For our business in South Africa, this was a unique opportunity to combine the winning of two major airline contracts with the chance to add a well-functioning and equipped facility with a trained team of employees.”

As part of on going investment in South Africa, WFS has acquired the lease on a further 3,600m2 of warehouse capacity in Johannesburg, purchased additional cargo handling equipment and increased its workforce to ensure the highest levels of service, safety and security for the new cargo operation responsibilities.

“This is another important step towards achieving WFS’ growth and development strategy for South Africa, albeit during challenging times,” Tonkin added. “The added capacity, equipment and staff give us a platform to expand and increase our footprint in Johannesburg as we emerge from the pandemic.”