Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) and Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) have come together and entered into a strategic partnership in order to develop, operate, manage and maintain one of the cargo terminals at Kempegowda International Airport (BLR Airport) – India’s third-largest cargo gateway for international import and export cargo.
The cargo terminal awarded to WFS at BLR Airport has the capacity to handle 210,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) of cargo a year. From May 2023, it will be used exclusively by WFS to handle international cargo. WFS will use its design, build, finance, process reengineering and development experience to reorganise and refurbish the facility to increase its throughput capacity potential to serve cargo volumes in excess of 250,000 MT annually.
Worldwide Flight Services will also operate and invest in the expansion of the airport’s dedicated Cold Chain Facility. WFS and BIAL will begin a two-phase expansion – initially doubling the capacity of the cold chain facility to 80,000
MT per annum and then try to reach a throughput capacity in excess of 150,000 MT per annum.
Craig Smyth, CEO of Worldwide Flight Services, describes the partnership with BIAL as a ‘landmark collaboration’ at one of the world’s most exciting air logistics hubs.
Smyth added: “We are honoured to have earned this opportunity to work with the very accomplished and ambitious team at BIAL to realise the outstanding potential of BLR Airport. This is already a very successful airport, supported by a thriving manufacturing and services industry, and a highly-skilled regional workforce. To this, WFS will add our highest international standards for safety, security and operational excellence, our ability to invest in optimising and expanding BLR Airport’s cargo infrastructure, and our global relationships with airlines and freight forwarders.”
We welcome this opportunity to partner with a world leading global cargo handling organization such as WFS – this will support us in strengthening our position as the preferred cargo gateway in South India. With this partnership, BLR Airport will be able to offer more modern and efficientfacilities to our customers. With these improvements, we are confident about being able to grow our cargo volumes and services even more rapidly to meet demand.”~ Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, BIAL