Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)- a member of the SATS Group has opened an air cargo terminal and cold chain facility at Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) in Bengaluru, India.
In June 2022, WFS was awarded the 15-year license to operate the international cargo terminal and cold chain facility via a partnership with operator Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL).
The license grants WFS the responsibility of developing, operating, managing, and maintaining the international cargo terminal and it also makes WFS as the exclusive operator of the dedicated cold chain facility at BLR. Plans are underway to double the terminal’s annual throughput to more than 250,000 metric tons. WFS and BIAL are looking to expand the capacity of the airport’s cold chain facility to 80,000 metric tons and 150,000 metric tons per annum over two phases.
“India is the sixth-largest global economy and the single-largest provider of generic drugs globally. We are confident that we can add value to the Indian air cargo industry by introducing world-class practices, safety and security standards, sustainable practices and operational excellence to drive productivity improvements and achieve greater efficiency to enhance the Government of India’s National Air Cargo Policy and achieve related ambitions.”John Batten, CEO of Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA), WFS
Combining SATS and WFS global network, Bengaluru provides air cargo logistics, ground handling and technical services in over 200 locations across more than 20 countries.
SATS Group, which recently acquired WFS, operates the air cargo terminal in Mumbai. WFS’s opening of the air cargo terminal and cold chain facility in BLR will provide SATS and WFS customers with expanded cargo network connectivity in India.