WFS is set for biggest EU expansion

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is set for the biggest expansion of its ground handling activities in Europe in over 40 years after being awarded full ground handling licenses to operate at Spain’s Madrid, Seville, Santiago, Oviedo and Vitoria airports.


Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is set for the biggest expansion of its ground handling activities in Europe in over 40 years after being awarded full ground handling licenses to operate at Spain’s Madrid, Seville, Santiago, Oviedo and Vitoria airports. WFS won the new seven-year licenses following a public tender conducted by Aena, operator of the Spanish airports. A total of 10 ground handlers took part in the bidding process.

WFS expects to commence full passenger and ramp services in Madrid, alongside its existing cargo business, and Seville in October in addition to continuing its cargo operations in Barcelona and Valencia. Santiago and Oviedo will join the WFS network in November along with Vitoria. In Vitoria, WFS will provide full ramp handling for freighters only. The new licenses will see WFS making a multi-million euro investment in aircraft and passenger handling equipment and facilities in Spain and will also lead to the employment of hundreds of new personnel at the five airports.

Pablo Garcia, WFS’ executive vice president sales, said: “The ability to combine passenger and ramp services with our well-established cargo operation in Madrid is a game changer for WFS. Winning these new licenses will see the biggest growth in our ground handling operations in Europe since our company was founded in 1971.”