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LTU International appoints WFS

  19.05.2009    

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has won a three-year contract to provide cargo handling services for LTU International in Miami.  
The German airline operates five flights a week during the summer and four services a week in its winter schedule between Dusseldorf and Miami. Its Airbus A330 aircraft carry over 4.5 million kilos a year on the route, including a high volume of perishables. 
WFS has been contracted by LTU to provide cargo warehousing, customer service and documentation, and customs clearance in Miami and trucking between the airport and Fort Meyers to connect with the airline’s additional service to Florida’s west coast.      
John Sabol, WFS’ Senior Vice President, Cargo Terminal Services, said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to develop our relationship with LTU in Miami and also to expand our service offering to include trucking. Miami is an extremely important location for WFS, not least with the recent TSA certification as an independent cargo screening facility.”   
LTU International flies to nearly 75 destinations throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North and Central America and the Caribbean. The airline has its main hub in Dusseldorf. 
WFS was recently also awarded cargo handling for Leisure Cargo at Halifax International in Canada and Air Europa in New York JFK. Air Europa and LTU are partners of Leisure Cargo, which specializes in cargo sales and marketing for tourism focused carriers.  
WFS in Miami received certification from TSA to operate as an independent certified cargo screening facility in January. This was the first facility to receive such certification in MIA and the second in the nation. This is in line with the mandate of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007 that required the air cargo industry to screen 50 per cent of cargo on passenger aircraft by February 2009, increasing to 100 per cent screening by August 1, 2010.  
The certification from the TSA as an independent cargo screening facility means that WFS is now assisting cargo customers in Miami and the surrounding areas meet the obligation to screen cargo, eliminating the need for forwarders to invest in their own x-ray screening equipment. WFS plans to open CCSFs (certified cargo screening facility) in additional US cities to assist more small-to-medium forwarders with the cargo screening processes that will become effective in 2010.


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