The GSSA scene in Latina America is red hot this summer as European GSSA group, ATC Aviation, acquires South American-based GrupoPFS (Pacific Feeder Services), only weeks after the ECS Group acquired Brazilian GSSA, BCS.
ATC Aviation currently has its own offices in Brazil and Ecuador, but with the agreement signed last week in Santiago, Chile ATC will now have extensive coverage across 13 South American countries including: Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
PFS will soon operate under the ATC name, and until the transition has been completed, the partners will continue to have a joint presence in the market.
The two companies said that the combined strengths of both companies, will see an increased global presence alongside a robust portfolio that will grow over the long term.
Mark Thiermann, managing director at Pacific Feeder Services said : “PFS and ATC are now one combined company in South America. We will direct all our efforts towards ensuring that our customers will benefit from our new group. With global reach and top local expertise, we are in a good position when it comes to supporting our partner airlines’ growth.”
The two said business for PFS will continue as usual, with existing PFS customers benefiting from the “strengths and reliability of both companies in the future, as well as through the international network with branches in Europe, USA, Canada, Africa and Asia.”
Ingo Zimmer, CEO of ATC Aviation added: “Together we will achieve strong and complementary positions in South America’s key export markets, creating a broader and more balanced portfolio. This purchase is a further step to complete our mission to become the world leading cargo GSSA”.
Airlines represented by ATC Aviation Services and Pacific Feeder Services in South America include: Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, CAL Cargo Airlines, Cargolux Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, GOL Linhas Aereas, Silkway, Korean Air, Peruvian Airlines, Tame Airlines, Saudia Cargo, Royal Air Maroc and Solar Cargo.