Menzies Aviation obtains Canada ground handling license

Aerial view of Montreal Airport.
Photo Credit: Menzies Aviation

Aeroports de Montreal has awarded aviation services operator Menzies Aviation a ground handling license. They have been selected for the license due to their solid operational performance, best-in-class safety record and financial accomplishments.

Proving to be successful after a competitive bidding process, this license will allow Menzies to provide its full allocation of services until the contract ends in December 2030. These services are set to include ramp, passenger and cabin cleaning services.

As a result of being awarded the license, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) will now welcome Menzies Aviation to begin handling services during the summer of 2023.

Between now and then, the Edinburgh based company will initiate a recruitment and training drive to ensure their newly recruited staff are trained to the highest standards.

This approval further expands on an existing cargo contract that Menzies holds at YUL.

EVP Redmond: “A fantastic milestone”

Executive Vice President for the Americas, John Redmond said this of the news: “Adding ground handling at Montreal to our network is a fantastic milestone for our team, who have worked diligently to secure the license.”

“The team is now focused on expanding our operations at YUL beyond cargo and they are already working on sourcing ground service equipment and recruiting a new team, who will receive industry-leading training and competitive salaries and benefits.”

This is not Menzies first foray into Canada. They have been growing partnerships with airline customers across 16 airports in the Great White North since 2005. Including the two biggest in the country, Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Vancouver International (YVR).

“We have an excellent track record of setting up operations at pace, we know the region well, and we are confident this will be a great success.”

“We are proud to provide our services at three of the largest Canadian airports and are well positioned to grow our business further alongside existing and new customers” Redmond concluded.

Continuing expansion

Menzies have undergone considerable expansion in the air services industry over the last twenty years, and are now in a position to call themselves the world’s largest aviation services company by airports served.

They provide air cargo, fuel and ground handling services support to 254 airports around the world.

This is the second license for operation Menzies has received in less than six months. October 2022 saw the Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited award them license to operate ground handling services at nine airports around the country.

Upon gaining this opportunity to continue deploying its services for a further five years, Executive Vice President for Middle East Africa and Asia, Charles Wyley said: “We are excited to continue working with our partner ACSA following the renewal of our ground handling services license.”

“This extension ensures that we are also able to continue our support of the South African government’s BBBEE integration programme, and our people can continue to develop their careers with us.”

“We look forward to building our relationship with ACSA and supporting our airline partners, whilst growing our other services, such as air cargo and lounges, across South Africa.”

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