South African Airways (SAA) Cargo has appointed Menzies Aviation to provide air cargo services at three key international airports.

Menzies will work with SAA Cargo at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and Port Elizabeth International Airport. The first phase of Menzies’ appointment started on December 1, 2022, with the handling of all SAA Cargo terminal operations in Cape Town. The second phase will begin at OR Tambo in the coming weeks. According to the two companies, the appointment followed a rigorous procurement process and is part of the ongoing restructuring process that SAA is implementing post-business rescue.

“This milestone is an important one – it is part of our efforts to re-position SAA Cargo and unlock the value of SAA Cargo terminals. It also allows management to focus on critical strategic goals to grow our cargo business,” explained Professor John Lamola, chairperson and chief executive officer, SAA.

 SAA Cargo and Menzies are currently undertaking renovations of the terminals at OR Tambo, Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth with sustainability in mind. Initiatives include investing in electric vehicles and ground service equipment, the installation of solar energy and energy efficient lighting, and a full recycling programme.

The facilities, which will remain part of SAA’s property portfolio, are the largest in South Africa; OR Tambo has the capacity to handle 229,000 tonnes per year and Cape Town has a capacity of 92,550 tonnes per year. Menzies will move its existing and new business into the world-class cargo handling facilities.

Philipp Joeinig, CEO, Menzies Aviation, said: “The partnership with SAA aligns with the strategy to grow Menzies’ footprint in Africa, where we see huge potential for growth. SAA is an important player in the cargo industry and this partnership is a real game changer for our business in South Africa as we are now based in the largest air cargo facilities in the country in the two main air freight ports. It also aligns with our long-term vision to strengthen our position as the leading aviation services provider in Africa.”

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