Edinburgh's Menzies Aviation expands deal with fast-growing budget carrier to seven airports

Menzies Aviation, the Edinburgh-headquartered global aviation services provider, has expanded its partnership with a fast-growing budget South African airline from one airport to seven.

The five-year contract with FlySafair will see Menzies provide passenger and ramp services for 40,000-plus aircraft “turns” per year at OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International, King Shaka International, King Phalo Airport, Dawid Stuurman International and George Airport. It builds on an existing relationship at Bram Fischer International Airport.

Menzies noted that FlySafair was the biggest domestic carrier by passenger numbers in South Africa, with the airline expected to receive extra aircraft in the first half of 2023. The contract win also strengthens the Scottish group’s position as the largest aviation services company on the African continent and follows the recent five-year renewal of its ground handling licence with Airports Company South Africa SOC.

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Charles Wyley, executive vice president, Middle East, Africa & Asia, Menzies Aviation, said: “We began working with the airline at Bloemfontein last year and this latest win is a major milestone for our team as it reflects the high standard and service they consistently provide to our airline customers. We look forward to building our relationship with FlySafair and supporting them as they continue to grow.”

Menzies noted that FlySafair was the biggest domestic carrier by passenger numbers in South Africa, with the airline expected to receive extra aircraft in the first half of 2023

John Menzies started out in 1833 when its eponymous founder opened a bookshop on Princes Street, Edinburgh. The newspaper and magazine distribution business was spun out in 2018, creating Menzies Distribution, and leaving the rest of the firm to focus on providing aviation services. Menzies Aviation provides services at more than 250 airports in 58 countries.

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