Edinburgh's Menzies Aviation hails 'one of most significant wins' in history of cargo business

Menzies Aviation has hailed a five-year contract at a major US airport as “one of the most significant wins” in the history of its cargo business.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:29 pm

The Edinburgh-headquartered group said that following a competitive process, Avianca had selected the firm as its cargo handling partner of choice at Miami International Airport (MIA).

The Florida airport is a key cargo gateway for the airline and the top-ranking US domestic airport for international freight, Menzies noted.

From May, a team of more than 300 workers will provide warehouse cargo handling services for Avianca. Menzies and Avianca are already working closely together in preparation for next month’s start-up.

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The overall Menzies Aviation business operates at 200 airports in 35 countries, supported by a global team of 23,000 people.
The overall Menzies Aviation business operates at 200 airports in 35 countries, supported by a global team of 23,000 people.

Avianca operates at MIA from a vast 225,000-square-foot warehouse and processes some 250,000 tonnes of cargo per annum through the facility. The carrier focuses on flowers, fish, fruit and vegetables on the import side, and a broad mix of commodities on the export side of the business.

The contract continues a period of significant growth for the Scottish group’s cargo operations, with major wins across Oceania, Europe and the US in the last six months and an expansion in its global cargo network from 36 to 42 airports.

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.

“Our team is already working hard to ensure a successful start up, and we are looking forward to cultivating a strong and close relationship with Avianca over the years to come.”

Ruben Atehortua, director cargo operations at Avianca Cargo, added: “We have every faith that this is the beginning of a strong alliance which will enable us to continue providing an exceptional service to our clients whilst enhancing our position in the Miami market.

“This partnership is underscored by our mutual commitment to efficiency, improvement and reliability.”

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