New WFS Cargo Terminal opened in Cork

Air cargo specialists Worldwide Flight Services Ireland has opened a 465 square metre depot at Cork Airport to service clients transporting air freight in and out of Ireland. The move will see the company create five new jobs, bringing its staff numbers in Cork, Dublin and Shannon to 45.

“The opening of our new facility in Cork is the final step in our warehousing strategy, and allows us to provide a faster and more efficient service to our many customers who are located within the Cork area,” said Gerry Jackson, managing director of WFS Ireland. “We can now offer the full WFS experience at all three major airports in Ireland whether the cargo is flown into, or out of, these airports or trucked to and from the UK. We are also delighted to have been able to create five jobs here.”

WFS Ireland is the appointed handling agent for US airlines flying to and from Ireland, including Delta and American Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. The company is also the appointed handler for British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Lufthansa and SAS. The company handled a total of 25,000 tonnes of goods and materials to and from Ireland in 2011. It expects to handle more than 3,000 tonnes of cargo at the new Cork facility this year – mainly pharmaceuticals, computer parts and medical devices.

WFS awarded Hong Kong Cruise Terminal management and operations contract

08/03/12

A consortium led by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded the tenancy agreement for the new HK$8.156 billion (US$1.046 billion) cruise terminal at Kai Tak by the Tourism Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

WFS’ minority partners in the venture are Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and a subsidiary of Shun Tak Holdings Limited. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is the second largest cruise company in the world, and Shun Tak Holdings is a local diversified conglomerate providing travel-related services. The 10-year contract award was determined by a competitive bidding process.

The new cruise terminal, scheduled to be completed in mid-2013, is located on the historic runway of the former Kai Tak airport, and is designed to accommodate the new class of mega- cruisers. With an apron area of 850 x 35 metres, water depth of 12-13 metres, and no air draft restriction, the facility will easily accommodate the largest passenger cruise vessels in operation today, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class vessels, with a length of 360 metres. Barry D. Nassberg, Chief Operating Officer of Worldwide Flight Services, said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to help grow the tourism trade in Hong Kong and look forward to marketing this state-of-the-art facility to cruise lines around the world when they consider ship deployments. There is significant competition among ports in different regions of the world to attract cruise ship business. We will work together with our partners to create a passenger experience that sets new standards, in keeping with Hong Kong’s reputation for service excellence. We will serve to delight cruise travellers, and ensure that cruise lines and their passengers want to keep coming back to the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong.”

The Cruise Terminal at Kai Tak has been designed by Foster + Partners. The new terminal has immigration and customs facilities with design capacity to expeditiously process 3000 passengers per hour. Jeff Bent, Director for Cruise Projects at Worldwide Flight Services, added: “We are proud that WFS has been entrusted with the management and operation of this modern and environmentally- friendly facility, and we plan to do this in a way that will surprise and delight cruise travellers, as well as provide an inviting destination for Hong Kong residents to come and enjoy the spectacular waterfront in Hong Kong’s largest new development on Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong’s wide variety of cultural, gastronomic, urban, and countryside attractions make it an ideal destination for long-haul and short-haul travellers alike, and our vast source market in mainland China for cruise passengers is an enduring attraction for cruise lines.”

Air Cargo: Is 2012 the Turnaround Year?

While analysts say this should be a growth year for air cargo, pressing challenges such as increasing EU regulation, the pent-up demand in Asia Pacific, and the cost of global security still weigh heavy on the sector.

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
March 06, 2012

Industry analysts are predicting that 2012 will be a significant year for air cargo recovery, but not without a new set of challenges that seem to be facing shippers and carriers on all hemispheric fronts. For example, the troubled European Union (EU) is making life difficult for all airlines by imposing a unilateral carbon-trading scheme. Meanwhile, aircraft manufacturers and shippers agree that biofuels must be gradually introduced across the board.

The Asia Pacific, which is still the most vibrant market for U.S. shippers, may be ceding some of its influence to Latin America. Shippers say that fuel and energy costs associated with onerous environmental laws will make “near shoring” more attractive over the next year. (Exhibit 1 on page 56 shows the growing fuel imact on air carrier operating costs over the past decade.) And don’t forget the security issue that is ongoing for global shippers or carriers. However, with a more harmonized security system in place, global shippers may finally get a break on compliance expenses.

So, with a slowly improving global economy juxtaposed against this growing list of challenges, is the air cargo industry poised for a comeback? The Boeing Company certainly thinks so. Having ended 2011 with a solid earnings report, the company says it reflects continued strong core performance across its businesses.

“Strong fourth quarter operating performance, record revenue and backlog, and expanded earnings and cash flow capped a year of substantial progress for Boeing in 2011,” said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president, and CEO.

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T12 DW24
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