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Menzies Aviation announces "major milestone" with five year contract at Miami airport



Menzies Aviation has been awarded a five-year cargo contract with Colombian airline Avianca at Miami International Airport.

The Edinburgh headquartered logistics company says it is one of “most significant wins” in the company’s history.

Following a competitive process, Avianca selected Menzies as its cargo handling partner of choice at Miami International Airport.

The airport is a top-ranking US domestic airport for international freight. From May, a team of more than 300 Menzies professionals will provide warehouse cargo handling services for Avianca. Menzies and Avianca are already working together in preparation for the start next month.

Avianca operates a 225,000 square foot warehouse at Miami International airport and processes about 250,000 tonnes of cargo per annum through the facility. The carrier focuses on flowers, fish, fruit and vegetables on the import side, and a broad mix of commodities on the export side of the business.

Menzies hope the contract will enable the company to continue growing its cargo business around the world.

The company announced its plans to focus on its cargo operations following its restructuring to survive the pandemic after losing revenue from a lack of commercial flights.

John Redmond, executive vice president – Americas at Menzies Aviation said: “This award marks a major milestone, not only for our cargo operations in the US but globally.”

Ruben Atehortua, director cargo operations at Avianca Cargo, said: “We have every faith that this is the beginning of a strong alliance which will enable us to continue providing an exceptional service to our clients whilst enhancing our position in the Miami market.”

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