AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has chosen Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) as its handling partner at Liege Airport ahead of the opening of the first phase of its cargo area at the end of 2019.
The cooperation is in support of the strategic partnership signed between ABC’s parent company, Volga-Dnepr Group and Liege, boosting the airline’s volumes to and from the airport.
The latest addition of WFS to the project comes as the partners progress with the construction phase of new warehouse premises.
The work will be divided into two phases for completion by the end of this year and mid-2020 respectively.
Andrey Andreev, vice president of Europe at ABC says the first 12,500 sqm warehouse will support the airline’s intention to increase the schedule from eight weekly frequencies from Liege to 30 a week by 2020.
He says: “This is a global project for AirBridgeCargo because, as well as representing a substantial enhancement of our cargo infrastructure in the region, it will allow us to increase our use of Liege Airport to leverage major international trade flows, including for special cargoes, and extend our ability to meet the needs of global businesses and consumers.”
Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport says: “We are delighted with the new development, that confirms our freighters first strategy. All of the parties involved in this partnership are really committing to the future of Liege, not only on paper, but by investing millions of euros in a new state-of-the-art facility.”
Barry Nassberg, group chief commercial officer of WFS says: “As the world’s largest cargo handler, we’re also excited about entering the Liege market for the first time, which has been a strategic objective of ours. We’ll be bringing the unique WFS experience to the airport, along with our technology, systems, and security processes, and are confident in our ability to help accelerate ABC’s and Liege Airport’s growth ambitions.”
In addition to the warehouse facilities, Liege Airport is also constructing additional aircraft stands for wide-body aircraft with access to the enclosed cargo handling areas through an accessible ramp zone.