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TEL AVIV: July 15, 2019. WTA Aviation will act as GSSA for Virgin Atlantic Cargo's daily Heathrow-Tel Aviv flights set to launch on September 25, with the carrier awarding Swissport the handling contract for the new service.

As one of Israel’s leading air cargo general sales agents, WTA will be responsible for selling the 20 tonnes of daily cargo capacity onboard Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330-300 flights. The direct service to London as well as fast daily connections to major cities across North America are expected to attract high volumes of pharmaceutical, ecommerce, express and valuable shipments as well as high-tech products, fresh produce and other general cargo.

Virgin Atlantic A330 300Swissport will provide cargo handling services for the airline at its 21,000 sq. mt. warehouse terminal at Ben Gurion International Airport, which is fully equipped with temperature controlled cold and chill rooms as well as dedicated areas for valuable goods, DGR and live animals, and provides real-time technologies to optimise cargo build and for shipment tracking. Swissport already provides cargo handling in Tel Aviv for Virgin Atlantic’s JV partner, Delta Cargo, extending the airlines’ co-location programme.

Claire Fallon, Virgin Atlantic’s Regional Sales Manager said: “We see a fantastic growth opportunity in Israel and have chosen two respected partners who are a perfect fit for Virgin Atlantic. We are confident WTA Aviation and Swissport will help us realise the potential of this exciting new route and deliver the high quality of service every Virgin Atlantic customer deserves and expects.”

David Zelnik, CEO & Owner of WTA Aviation, commented: “The Israeli economy is extremely buoyant and exporters are continually looking for new opportunities so the timing of Virgin Atlantic’s new daily services is perfect. We already have customers wanting to use this additional cargo capacity.”

Kevin Hillyard, the airline’s Head of Regional Cargo Operations International added: “We chose Swissport as they have a modern facility and use technologies which support real-time tracking of shipments and flight build as well as the ability to fully support Virgin Atlantic’s product range. The opportunity to co-locate with Delta Cargo was another significant factor because it further enhances the strength of our JV network partnership.”

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