Worldwide Flight Services buying Consolidated Aviation Services

by MM&D Online Staff

PARIS, France—Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the world’s largest air cargo handler and provider of airline ground handling and technical services, has agreed to acquire Consolidated Aviation Services (CAS). Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

CAS, headquartered in New York,  serves over 250 airline customers. WFS, which was acquired by Platinum Equity in September 2015, is present at over 145 major airports in more than 22 countries on five continents. WFS serves 300 airlines globally, including the handling of over four million tons of cargo and 50 million airline passengers per annum.

Olivier Bijaoui, executive chairman, president and CEO of WFS, said: “The proposed acquisition will not only create a unique organization in the United States that combines the best of both companies, but will also reinforce WFS’ position as one of the world’s premier cargo handlers. I know Mike Duffy, president & CEO of CAS, and the CAS team well, have worked with many of them before, and have a great deal of respect for what they have accomplished. The success of CAS is a testament to the hard work of its employees, and the combination will create one of the most knowledgeable and experienced teams in this industry.”

Bastian Lueken, head of Platinum Equity’s European investment team, said: “We are delivering on our pledge to support the profitable growth of WFS by pursuing complementary, accretive add-on acquisitions which present immediate synergies.”

In November 2015, WFS also completed its acquisition of a 51 percent shareholding in Fraport Cargo Services, confirming its strategic partnership with Fraport AG for airfreight handling at Frankfurt Airport, one of the world’s most important cargo gateways. FCS is the largest airline-independent cargo handling provider at the airport and handles about 500,000 tonnes of airfreight per year for some 40 airline customers.