WFS attains GDP certification for Johannesburg, Capetown pharma facilities 

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has attained Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certifications for its temperature-controlled pharma facilities at Johannesburg (JNB) and Cape Town (CPT) airports. According to WFS, it is the first air cargo ground handling company in South Africa to be awarded the certification.  WFS’ decision to invest and pursue certification of its pharma handling […]

Saudia Cargo renews and expands WFS handling contracts in Europe and North America  

Saudia Cargo awarded a multi-station ramp handling contract to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) that covers airports in Europe and the United States, WFS announced today.  The three-year agreement extends the Middle Eastern carrier’s existing cargo–handling agreements with WFS at airports in Western Europe and North America, such as Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA), John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and Washington Dulles International (IAD).  In […]

WFS opens Copenhagen pharma center

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the ground handler and airport services provider, officially opened its new pharmaceutical facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). WFS began the upgrade of its CPH facilities 18 months earlier, and has since seen a significant increase in pharmaceutical volumes at the airport, WFS said in a statement. WFS’ new Copenhagen facility features […]

WFS to open new Pharma Center at CDG

Ground handler and airport service provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) announced today it will invest €10 million (US$11.06 million) to open a new Pharma Center on site at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG).   The 2,400-square-meter Pharma Center will offer both landside and airside acceptance capabilities and will have its own docks and maneuvering area for loading and unloading pharma shipments. It will be the only […]

Global airport congestion increases in 2019, pushes carriers to consider new locations

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2019 worldwide airport slot report showing increased congestion levels at major airports, which may push cargo providers to seek other airport options. A subsequent statement from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) said that tightening local regulations surrounding delayed and overnight flights are exacerbating congestion issues. According […]

Swiss WorldCargo beefs up e-AWB effort

Swiss WorldCargo is taking the lead in IATA’s e-AWB 360 campaign to speed up process implementation of switching to electronic air waybills (e-AWB) to all destinations and customers at numerous airports using the “single process” concept. Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) became the first such “e-airport” on Jan. 1, later joined by Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) […]

AF-KLM-Martinair Cargo achieves CEIV certification

Air France-KLM-Martinair has become the first airline group to achieve IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for pharmaceutical handling at two different hubs simultaneously. The group met this achievement at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), and also for its respective airline processes. Bram Gräber, executive vice president […]

Missile mishap: Innocent mistake or intentional act?

At a time when the United States and Cuba are attempting to normalize relations and re-establish trade, the fact that an inert U.S. Hellfire missile ended up in Cuba in 2014 is raising concerns across the logistics world. The missile was originally sent to Spain to be used in a military exercise, according to The […]

Air France-KLM signs JV with China Southern

Rapidly growing China Southern Airlines and ailing Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo, have signed a partnership agreement to create a more extensive global cargo network. Air France KLM will serve the main cities in Australia and supply main-deck capacity to Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh from China Southern’s hub in Guangzhou. AF-KLM’s hubs at Paris Charles De Gaulle and […]

Air France incidents add to carrier’s worries

For the second time in a month, Air France has had a near-miss. On May 22, a 777F taking off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, was forced to recover midway through its roll due to an underestimation of the weight of the aircraft. The freighter was accelerating too slowly, raising concern that the freighter […]