Thursday, June 11, 2009

BWFS to launch ground handling services at Kochi airport

Nedumbassery: The Bird Worldwide Flight Services (BWFS), a consortium of Frenchbased Worldwide Flight Services and Indian major The Bird Group, will launch ground handling service in Kochi International Airport from Wednesday onwards.
The contract of ground handling service in the airport which was entrusted with the Air India since its inception a decade ago had expired on Tuesday.
The BWFS won the contract for the next seven years when the CIAL invited global tender in the month of March. But it was uncertain whether the BWFS could begin the ground handling work in Kochi Airport as it could not obtain the mandatory security clearance to function as a ground handling agency from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). However the BWFS managed to get the clearance on Monday to facilitate them launch the work on the same day. Meanwhile, the CIAL had extended the contract with the Air India to continue the ground handling for another three months, said Airport director A C K Nair.
The BWFS succeeded to sign an agreement with Qatar Airways to take up its ground handling work in Kochi Airport. Qatar Airways operates seven flights weekly in Kochi- Doha sector.
But Air India would continue to handle the security functions such as baggage screening, access control, escorting luggage and catering of Qatar Airways as the BWFS is yet to obtain approval from the BCAS to carry out the security functions in the airport.
10/06/09 ExpressBuzz