Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Air Cargo Consolidator Speeds Freight Forwarding Customers Goods With Own Handling Facility

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UK - Air Menzies International (AMI) which has always dealt exclusively with the freight forwarding community when selling its trade only airfreight and express wholesale business has now moved into its own 8,000 square foot cargo handling facility at Manchester Airport’s World Cargo Centre which officially opened last week.

AMI has developed its niche market of buying space in bulk from air carriers and reselling consolidation spots to freight agents to become the biggest in the business and now the company says the dedicated AMI only facility will ensure it can improve processing times for customer delivery vehicles.

In addition cargo being received at AMI Manchester for flights departing from London Heathrow can now meet a wider range of next day services, thanks to AMI’s use of scheduled nightly road feeders operated by airfreight trucking specialist Ware Transport; cargo now arrives earlier at Heathrow, giving AMI customers access to additional, early morning departures.

AMI Manchester generates 22% of all the company’s UK bookings whilst 80% of this traffic utilises flights from Manchester Airport and overall traffic through AMI’s northern operation has increased by 15% in the past six months. The refurbished on-airport facility, located in the heart of the airport’s cargo community, incorporates new security systems and X-ray scanning equipment and AMI Regional Manager Nova Barker, observed:

“AMI Manchester is becoming an increasingly important element in our UK operations, and we are very pleased that we can now extend similar levels of service to our north of England and Scottish customers, as those for which we are known in the south.”

Photo: Well they seem happy enough! Left to right AMI staff members Gavin Prankett, Chelsea Wraxall, Darren Smith, Sharon Wright (VP Europe), Matthew Johnson (General Manager, UK Operations), Samantha Leaper (Sales Manager Northern UK), James Waring, Nova Barker (Regional Manager) and Joseph Ball get in the mood for the launch day reception