ASIAN GROUND HANDLING~ Steady progress for Menzies

Menzies Aviation is making steady progress with its various cargo handling interests in Asia, with Neil Bolton, the company’s Perth, Australia-based commercial director for Asia, expressingoptimism about future prospects. “Although this is a very complex and highly regulated environment, we are confi dent that we will see an increasing number of locations within the region […]


Menzies Aviation is making steady progress with its various cargo handling interests in Asia, with Neil Bolton, the company’s Perth, Australia-based commercial director for Asia, expressingoptimism about future prospects.

“Although this is a very complex and highly regulated environment, we are confi dent that we will see an increasing number of locations within the region where the Menzies service will be available to airlines,” he says.

Perhaps the most exciting immediate prospect is the start of passenger, ramp and cargo handling services in India in March next year. Menzies beat competition from WFS to win licences at the new Hyderabad and Bangalore airports, in partnership with local companies.

At Bangalore it will be one of two handlers, and in Hyderabad it has an exclusive concession until tonnage passes 100,000 tonnes, which is expected to be in six or seven years’ time.

The company is also planning a cargo terminal in Brisbane. This would complete its coverage of the major Australian airports, since Menzies is already present in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. In the latter airport, the handler is currently engaged in doubling the size of its present facility, and expansion is also planned at Sydney and Melbourne.