One of the world’s leading international cargo carriers, Russian-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) recently announced they had selected the world’s largest air cargo handler, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), as their handling partner at Liege Airport.
This new agreement will accelerate its strategic partnership with Liege Airport ahead of the opening of the first phase of its new dedicated cargo area at the airport at the end of 2019.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines parent company, Volga-Dnepr Group, has signed a strategic partnership with Liege to significantly increase cooperation between the two companies, resulting in a boost in volumes for ABC for cargoes to and from the Belgian airport.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Vice President for Europe, Andrey Andreev said, “Our close collaboration will facilitate the seamless and rapid building of the first 12,500 sqm of warehousing premises, which will be operational in November 2019. This will support our intention to increase ABC’s current schedule of eight weekly frequencies from Liege to our target of 30 flights per week by 2020 in line with our customers’ wishes and our vision of joint, intensified cooperation. 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.”
Liege Airport CEO, Luc Partoune stated, “From the start of our cooperation, AirBridgeCargo and Liege Airport have been a perfect match, and WFS is now a welcome addition. We all share the same Cargo DNA. We are delighted with the new development, that confirms our freighters first strategy. All of the parties involved in this partnership are committing to the future of Liege, not only on paper but by investing millions of euros in a new state-of-the-art facility. We see the first phase nearing completion, while the second phase, another 12.500 m2 first line facility, will be ready in 2020. We welcome WFS as the operator of the dedicated facility, as they bring more know-how and experience to Liege. The additional flights, operated by one of the newest, cleanest and most silent widebody fleets in the world, alongside the facility, are another driver for further direct and indirect job creation at Liege Airport.”
Finally, Group Chief Commercial Officer of WFS, Barry Nassberg said, “We are extremely proud to be partnering with AirBridgeCargo and Liege Airport in this very exciting development, and to be expanding our long-time global relationship with ABC. 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.”
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