WFS enters India, launches cargo terminal ops at KIA

WFS, a member of the SATS Group marked its India foray with the launch of operations at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru. WFS (Bengaluru) Private Limited, a 74:26 JV between WFS and airport operator Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), will operate a cargo terminal facility at India’s 3rd largest cargo hub at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (IATA: BLR), with a concession period of 15 years beginning 24th May 2023. WFS will also be the exclusive operator of BLR’s Dedicated Cold Chain Facility during the concession period. WFS will be making significant investments into upgrading and expanding the two terminal facilities at its BLR Gateway to shortly take the ultimate annual cargo handling capacity to over 250,000 MT of general cargo and over 80,000 MT of cold chain cargo in phases. Commenting on the occasion, Mr John Batten, CEO, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA) WFS said “Our operation in Bengaluru represents WFS’ first foray into cargo handing in India. As the global leader in air cargo handling, WFS looks forward to adding value to the Indian air cargo industry through introduction of world class practices, ensuring better efficiency and driving productivity improvements which we believe to be well aligned with the Government of India’s National Air Cargo Policy and related ambitions. We will introduce highest international standards for safety, security, environment and operational excellence and make significant investments into improving and expanding the cargo infrastructure at our BLR Gateway. Ultimately, we believe that WFS can play an important role in aiding and facilitating the air cargo growth ambitions of BIAL, the broader Bengaluru region and India overall.”