American Airlines Cargo customers from across Italy paid a visit the airline’s new operational facility at Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) last week. The new 5,000 sqm building handles the airline’s daily flights to its New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA) hubs.
American Airlines is the launch customer for World Flight Services’ (WFS) new cargo handling facility – the first new cargo facility to open in Milan-Malpensa since 2004.
Growing cargo volumes from the northern Italian city have increased customer demand for direct services out of Italy to the US, the carrier says. Some of the most frequently shipped goods from Milan include automotive parts, fashion and pharmaceuticals.
On its opening day, customers – including representatives from major global companies – joined American’s regional cargo sales manager, Richard Hartmann and his team for a tour of the new building, located just steps from the old location on airport property.
“It’s a real testament to the strength of our brand in Italy that customers from as far away as Venice, Rome and Florence took time out of their busy schedules to come and see what additional space and opportunities the new warehouse can offer them,” adds Hartmann.
Customers were given a complete tour of the facility, operated by WFS, to showcase new ground support equipment, a full range of temperature-control spaces, and racking to store pallets and containers.
Aside from the 5,000 sqm of warehouse space the facility features 3,000 sqm of ramp area and a further 800 sqm of office accommodation. WFS said it also invested to equip the operation with the latest cargo handling and ground support equipment, a cool area for temperature-controlled cargo, and racking to store pallets and containers.
Earlier, WFS Italy managing director, Massimiliano Introini said: “This is the first new cargo facility to open in Milan-Malpensa since 2004 and is part of a 10-15 year commitment by WFS to grow our presence at the airport, where total cargo volumes rose 7.5 per cent in 2017 to 490,000 tonnes.
“This investment makes WFS the only international on-airport cargo handling operator in Italy,” he added.