Philadelphia Airport selects Menzies Aviation as new cargo handler
Menzies Aviation has been selected as the new cargo handler at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), while Kale Logistics Solutions will provide the cargo community system.
PHL said the two firms would be key players in its cargo expansion strategy, announced last year, in support of increasing regional demand for air cargo and logistics in and around the airport.
The expansion will see Aviation Facilities Company (AFCO) develop a 150,000 sq. ft. facility for Menzies.
“The proposed facility will capitalize on investments being made to relocate Tinicum Island Road and expand the airport’s cargo ramp area,” the partners said.
“The new facility will also leverage the Airport’s relationship with Kale Logistics Solutions in the development of an air cargo community system.”
This development is an initial step in the expansion strategy, being executed in phases over the next couple of years.
The partners are also exploring near-term options for their operations prior to the completion of the dedicated cargo building.
“We are delighted to be working with Philadelphia Airport, AFCO and Kale on this new development for cargo,” said Robert Fordree, executive vice president global cargo services at Menzies Aviation.
“This is very much aligned to our preferred model of working collaboratively with key stakeholders and airports that are willing to invest in cargo infrastructure.
“We are embracing new technologies and innovation for cargo handling and look forward to bringing this approach to the new development, as well as utilizing the implementation of a cargo community system in collaboration with Kale.”
PHL chief revenue officer Jim Tyrrell added: “Our partnership with AFCO, Menzies, and Kale is a critical step in the evolution of Philadelphia International Airport’s cargo program,” adding that it will “help us achieve our goal of becoming the premier cargo airport on the East Coast for speed, efficiency, and quality”.
“Beyond increasing our cargo throughput, this partnership is also meant to enhance services for our passenger airlines,” Tyrell added.