Menzies Aviation has announced that it has won the Best Cargo Handling Operation Award at the annual GHI Pride of Ground Handling industry awards.
The GHI judges said Menzies had adjusted to the challenges posed by the pandemic to make sure processes were followed, interruption to customers and the supply chain was minimised and quality of service was upheld.
The award recognised Menzies recent growth and success as a result of being agile and flexible. It quickly adapted to support the increase in global air cargo, such as transporting PPE, and also secured a number of significant contract wins including:
- The launch of cargo handling at its single biggest cargo location to date with only 30 days’ notice to provide a handling solution for 250,000 tonnes of cargo for Avianca at their regional hub in Miami.
- Expanded into new markets with joint ventures in Pakistan, Iraq and China where the cargo will be a key component of services as Menzies looks to expand in these new markets.
- Developed a global partnership with Qatar Airways which has expanded from London Heathrow to 14 locations in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Macau and Bucharest with combined annual cargo volumes of over 200,000 tonnes.
Menzies also increased cargo facilities by 40% in Los Angles. It now has three custom bonded warehouses that collectively have the capacity to handle over 130,000 tonnes each year.
Technology and innovation across Menzies’ air cargo services were also put under the spotlight, with a focus on how efficient and effective technology is in supporting the commercial growth plans of the business.
Robert Fordree, Executive Vice President Cargo, Menzies Aviation, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award for our air cargo services, which have gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19. We have expanded our global network from 36 to 57 stations and continue to grow by being agile and responsive to opportunities in the market. This award is recognition for our passionate teams who work around the clock to provide a reliable and secure service to our customers.”