From May, more than 300 professionals from the ground handling firm will provide warehouse services to the airline
The global logistics specialist, Menzies Aviation has been awarded a five-year cargo contract with Colombian airline, Avianca at Miami International Airport (MIA).
This agreement is one of the most significant in the history of the company’s freight business.
The carrier chose the air services provider as its cargo handling partner after a rigorous selection process.
John Redmond, executive vice president – Americas, said: “We are so proud that Avianca has selected Menzies to be their cargo handling partner at their Miami hub, which is a large-scale and complex operation for the carrier. This award marks a major milestone, not only for our cargo operations in the US but globally and represents Avianca’s great confidence in Menzies’ excellent standards and ability to provide a quality service that is safe, secure and consistent.”
A team of 300 employees are set to begin providing warehouse services to the airline from May. The two companies are already working closely to prepare for the start-up next month.
Processing around 250,000 tonnes of cargo per annum, Avianca operates at MIA from a 225,000 sq ft warehouse where it mostly imports flowers, fish, fruit and vegetables. There is also a wider range of products on the export end.
Ruben Atehortua, director of cargo operations for Avianca, believes that the new contract is the “beginning of a strong alliance” which will enhance the airlines position on the Miami market.
With contract wins across Oceania, Europe and the US over the last six months, Menzies cargo operations is an ever-growing business. Its international freight network has grown from 36 to 42 airports in this period.