Menzies Aviation Cairns is a joint venture between Menzies Aviation and local aviation service provider, AT Group and will be ready for international cargo handling in the first quarter of 2019.
Virgin Australia is the inaugural customer for Menzies Aviation Cairns with eight scheduled flights per day and four freighters per week.
Cairns is a key location for the airline, as it is the origin and final destination for their east coast freighter services.
This contract further extends the relationship between Virgin Australia and Menzies Aviation, which handles domestic cargo for the airline in the major Australian cities, with substantial volume through Menzies facilities.
The second Menzies cargo facility to open in Australia in 2019 is at Melbourne’s Avalon Airport, where Menzies is the cargo terminal’s sole operator.
Menzies will service Air Asia X’s twice daily flight between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne Avalon, following the relocation of the route from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Avalon.
Air Asia X is the inaugural international airline to transport cargo at Avalon Airport.
Menzies CEO, Forsyth Black, said:“Today’s news is testament to the hard work and high standards of our cargo handling team, and we look forward to delivering best in class cargo solutions for Virgin Australia, Air Asia X and future partners at our new facilities.”