Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Air Freight Cargo Handling Joint Venture Takes Off

Newly Refurbished Facilities Attract Prestigious Launch Customer
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH AFRICA – A new joint venture between a major cargo handling outfit and a native airline has been christened Africa Flight Services (South Africa) Pty (AFS) and announced that Emirates SkyCargo is the launch customer for the new project in Johannesburg and Cape Town where it has recently opened its inaugural freight handling facilities.

AFS (South Africa) is a new partnership between the world’s largest provider of cargo handling services, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), and the South African airline, SA Airlink, the largest independent Regional airline in Southern Africa with its obvious distribution options, and the new company has opened a 3,000 square metre cargo handling warehouse facility at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and a 2,340 square metre freight centre at Cape Town International Airport employing over a hundred experienced cargo handling staff spread over the two locations.

Both airport facilities have been fully refurbished and equipped with new pallet handling systems with integral weigh beds, a fleet of new forklift trucks, a pallet master and new dual view x-ray screening machines and the company has appointed a twenty one year air freight veteran, Malcolm Tonkin, as General Manager. Barry Nassberg, Group Chief Operating Officer of Worldwide Flight Services, commented:

“Africa Flight Services (AFS) is a new brand for our expansion plans in Africa. This is an important and growing market for us and we want to give it a dedicated focus but with the ability to draw on all the expertise and resources of the WFS global network. AFS will enable us to enter into local partnerships and joint ventures, and to customise services and tailor resources to the needs of customers in this dynamic and rapidly growing market.

“We are proud to announce Emirates SkyCargo as our launch customer in Johannesburg and Cape Town and we are extremely appreciative of the airline’s support of our new partnership with SA Airlink. AFS is the start of an exciting new venture that will see us open additional stations in South Africa and southern Africa as well as expanding into other areas of activity.”

Photo: Cape Town International Airport