January 09, 2020: Ethiopian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Allegiant Air have chosen Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) for ground handling contracts in North America.

At Newark Liberty International Airport, Cathay Pacific has extended its passenger handling agreement of the past five years to now also include ramp, cabin cleaning, and de-icing services for its daily B777-300 flights to Hong Kong.

Under previously won contracts, WFS also provides full handling services for Cathay Pacific in Seattle and passenger services at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

WFS now also provides ramp, passenger services and aircraft de-icing for Ethiopian Airlines under a new three-year contract awarded at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Ethiopian serves the airport with three-times-weekly B787 services to Lomé, Togo and Addis Ababa. WFS also provides ground handling services for the airline at JFK and Chicago.

Last month, WFS also commenced its latest ‘Above and Below Wing’ ground handling contract with American low-cost carrier Allegiant Air. The three-year agreement will see WFS providing services for some 400 A319/320 flights a year at Baltimore/Washington serving Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, Ashville Regional Airport in North Carolina, and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida.

Since late 2018, Allegiant has also awarded WFS handling contracts in Albany, New York, and Tucson as well as in Albuquerque, Redmond, and Pimenta Bueno in Brazil.

Mike Simpson, WFS’ executive VP, The Americas said, “I especially want to congratulate our local teams in Newark, Houston and Baltimore/Washington on winning these important new contracts with Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines and Allegiant Air. They have helped to build our reputation for service quality, safety, and security in these key markets, which, in turn, is enabling us to attract such prestigious airline customers.”

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