WFS, Avinor abruptly cancel plans for Oslo Airport seafood center

Last summer, ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) had agreed with Avinor AS, Norway’s state-owned operator of Oslo Airport (OSL), that it would create a new cool chain seafood cargo center at OSL that would handle up to 250,000 tonnes of seafood per year. Yesterday, however, WFS and Avinor said the plans for the new facility have been canceled.  “Avinor AS […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 14, 2019

WFS gains CEIV-Pharma cert at AMS

This week, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) gained its CEIV certification from IATA for pharmaceuticals-handling at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), where the ground handler provides temperature-controlled storage for pharma clients that require environments that must stay with the ranges of 2-8°C and 15-25°C. AMS serves as a critical link in the trans-European pharma cold-chain for many […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 23, 2019

Don’t Fence Me In: Efficiency advice from one of the world’s largest ground handlers

If a more-efficient cargo facility is the goal, then airport operators, carriers and forwarders should speak with Barry Nassberg, group chief commercial officer for Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), one of the largest cargo ground handlers in the world. In an interview at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum in Toronto, Nassberg told Air Cargo World that, “There […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 1, 2018

Thai Airways expands contract with WFS

Thai Airways has extended its cargo handling contract with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to now receive cargo security and trucking services between Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris to regional airports in surrounding areas. The new contract will cover cargo, mail and express handling at various airports throughout France, and provides for offline handling […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 15, 2018

The World of E-Commerce: Taking advantage of retail’s online revolution

Buzzword or not, the “e-commerce revolution” has reshaped not only the air cargo logistics chain but the overall retail market, on a global scale. With the rise of e-commerce giants such as Amazon in the United States, and Alibaba and JD.com in China, the need for e-commerce shipments to move across the globe in only […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 10, 2018

WFS opens cargo terminal at Milan Malpensa Airport

Paris-based Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has opened a 47,000-tonne per year capacity cargo terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP) in a 10- to 15-year agreement with the airport. John Batten, executive vice president of cargo for the WFS’ Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA) regions, said the agreement will provide a good foothold for the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 6, 2018

Thai Cargo signs new contract with WFS

Paris-based Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has expanded its relationship with Thai Cargo by signing a five-year agreement in which WFS will handle Thai’s twice-daily A380 and 777 flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Bangkok (BKK), as well as regional cargo handling across its United Kingdom and Ireland stations, and trucking network connecting its airport locations. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 31, 2018

Oslo Airport chooses WFS to operate new seafood facility

Norwegian hub Oslo Airport (OSL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) for the operation of a new onsite seafood center. WFS said Oslo Airport was the fastest growing airport in cargo traffic last year, increasing its volume by 36 percent from the year before to about 185,000 tonnes. Much of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

Investment firm acquires WFS in new deal

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is being acquired by Cerberus Capital Management, the self-entitled “world’s largest air cargo handler,” based out of Paris, with a presence in 198 major airports in 22 countries. WFS is “positioned to benefit from attractive long-term industry growth,” said Cerberus’ head of global private equity and senior managing director, Brett Ingersoll. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 19, 2018

WFS buys out partners in WFS Ireland joint venture

Paris-based Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is now the full owner of its former joint venture WFS Ireland, after buying out the minority stakes of its partners, Gerry Jackson and Brendan Byrne. The deal was completed at the end of March. Jackson retired from WFS Ireland at the end of 2017, but Byrne will remain in […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 9, 2018

Air China, Royal Jordanian choose WFS for Copenhagen ground handling

One of the world’s largest cargo handling firms, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), expanded its business even further today by signing two more contracts with Air China and Royal Jordanian Airlines to provide ground handling support at Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport (CPH). By the end of May, WFS said it will begin handling cargo transported by Air […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 1, 2018

WFS expands network, renews existing contracts

Ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) started off the new year by renewing existing relationships and adding a few more names to its growing client list, among them Aer Lingus and Ethiopian Airlines. The firm secured a contract with a new client, Ethiopian Airlines, and expects to handle 5,200 tonnes of freight per year on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 2, 2018

Bijaoui resigns abruptly from WFS

Two days after the airfreight industry was surprised by Dirk Reich’s decision to leave Cargolux, another shock was felt today from the ground-handling side, as Olivier Bijaoui, president and CEO of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has abruptly left the company less than a year after WFS was purchased by Platinum Equity. Platinum did not provide […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 1, 2016

Too tough to handle?

A pallet of unprotected cargo on an airport tarmac with an outside temperature of 21°C can quickly reach tempera­tures above 55° C. At that point, an egg can fry in about 20 minutes. Now just image if that pallet contained tempera­ture-sensitive pharmaceutical goods, or some other high-value perishable. Costs incurred by the top ten pharmaceutical […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 2, 2016
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