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Menzies Aviation secures new ground handling license in Canada


Menzies Aviation, the world’s largest aviation services company, will start up ground services later this year at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) after being awarded a ground handling license by Aéroports de Montréal.

In a competitive bidding process, Menzies was selected based on its best-in-class safety, operational performance, environmental, financial and investment track record.

The license will enable Menzies to provide a full suite of ground services at YUL, including ramp, passenger and cabin cleaning services, until the end of 2030. This also marks an expansion at YUL for Menzies where it has an existing cargo operation.

Operations will commence over summer 2023 as Menzies onboards airline customers. It will launch a recruitment drive to match the demand and will ensure all employees are trained to the highest standards to be able to deliver the safest and most secure services to customers.

Menzies first entered Canada in 2005 and has developed long-standing partnerships with its airline customer and has grown its business to provide ground handling, cargo handling, into-plane fueling and fuel tank farm management at airports across the country. The company now boasts operations in 16 airports, including the largest by passenger volume, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), and the second largest, Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

John Redmond, Executive Vice President Americas, said: “Adding ground handling at Montreal to our network is a fantastic milestone for our team, who have worked diligently to secure the license. The team is now focused on expanding our operations at YUL beyond cargo and they are already working on sourcing ground service equipment and recruiting a new team, who will receive industry-leading training and competitive salaries and benefits.

“We have an excellent track record of setting up operations at pace, we know the region well, and we are confident this will be a great success. We are proud to provide our services at three of the largest Canadian airports and are well positioned to grow our business further alongside existing and new customers.”