Worldwide Flight Services will begin operations in the newly built 120,000-square-foot warehouse later this year.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has awarded the lease for its new Cargo Building C to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS).
The new building is part of the airport’s multibillion dollar master plan to accommodate the future aviation needs of the region. In 2018, cargo volumes at Hartsfield-Jackson rose 4.7% to more than 700,000 tonnes, which followed a 7.5% increase the previous year. The lease adds 700,000 square feet to WFS’ international operations footprint.
“This is a really big win for WFS and for the airlines we will be working with in Atlanta,” said Mike Simpson, WFS’ executive vice president for the Americas. “As the biggest handler in North America, present at over 60 major airports, Atlanta has been a significant gap in our network. We have been very attracted to Atlanta for some time and are excited by what we can do to support the airport’s long-term growth, most notably by bringing our best-in-class global safety and security standards to the market.”
Elliott Paige (pictured above left with WFS CEO Craig Smyth), ATL airport director of air service development, said, “Our goal is to offer the highest quality of handling services to attract high-value cargo onboard the more than 900,000 flight operations from Atlanta annually.”
WFS will commence operations in Cargo Building C in late 2019. The newly constructed facility combines a 120,000-square-foot warehouse and 20,000 square feet of office space and will incorporate freighter ramp handling facilities and a container bypass handling system. To support customers’ premium temperature-controlled products, it also will house 2,500 square feet of dedicated cooling facilities capable of storing 140 skids plus ULD containers for handling pharmaceuticals as well as other perishables cargoes.