SriLankan Airlines has become the first new customer at Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) CenterPoint cargo terminal at London Heathrow. The airline has awarded WFS with a 32-month contract, from September, to provide cargo handling and airside transport for its Airbus A330-300 flights connecting London and Colombo. SriLankan currently operates a weekly flight on the route but is expected to increase frequencies as schedules are restored after Covid. Prior to the pandemic, SriLankan Airlines carried some 9,500 tonnes of cargo annually between the two countries.
WFS now operates over 350,000 sq. ft. of cargo facilities at Heathrow. In the last 12 months, the UK operation has also won a new contract with Gulf Air and extended its existing agreement with Vietnam Airlines.
CenterPoint, which opened this summer, enables WFS to provide offers an off-airport location to complement its longstanding presence at Heathrow’s World Cargocentre. The building also provides the capacity needed to grow its portfolio, which currently consists of 14 international airlines.
The building incorporates a mezzanine floor suitable for handling ecommerce, mail and courier shipments in addition to 30,000sq ft of ground floor space.