Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is to open a fifth cargo terminal at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport to provide additional growth capacity and secure its position as the largest independent cargo handler at the gateway.
Construction of the new 6,500sqm terminal has now commenced and WFS aims to begin operations from the facility by the end of Q1 2024, increasing its total cargo facility footprint in Madrid to 17,000sqm,
WFS has been present in the Madrid cargo and ground handling market since 1998 and serves 39 airline customers, also providing trucking services connecting other key airports in Spain and across the EU.
It has been proactively investing in its operation in Madrid for over two decades to meet customer growth at Spain’s leading cargo airport, previously adding additional facilities in 2001, 2018, and 2019.
In support of its long-term commitment to the airport and its airline community, WFS has signed a 30-year lease on the new building opening in 2024, which sits on a 12,500sqm plot connected to the airport tarmac.
As with all new WFS cargo terminals, the building is being designed to incorporate the highest levels of safety, security, and customer service as well as to support WFS’ progressive digitisation and sustainability programmes.
Its facilities will include will 17 landside truck and van docks for efficient cargo collections and deliveries, supported by direct and wide access from the main road to the facility; and 2-8°C and 15-25°C loose and mechanised temperature-controlled cool rooms for pharma and perishable shipments.
This new building is situated in front of the main freighter parking area and close to Terminals 4 and 4S, shortening cargo transport timings.
“This new cargo terminal will help to future-proof WFS’ service offering by increasing our handling capacity by 60% for our current and future airline customers,” notes Humberto Castro, managing director of WFS in Spain.
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