Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has grown its passenger services business in North America with four new airline contracts in Columbia, Trenton and Newark.

In Columbia, Missouri, American Eagle has awarded a three-year contract to WFS for its three flights a day serving both Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth using 50-seater Embraer ERJ aircraft.

Also in Missouri, WFS has won Frontier Airlines’ passenger and ramp handling contract. The two-year agreement currently covers the airline’s twice weekly flights from Columbia to Orlando. A third flight is due to be added in April, with all services operated by Airbus A319 passenger aircraft.

Frontier has also chosen WFS as the service provider for its flights from Trenton, New Jersey to Florida. The three-year passenger and ramp handling contract will begin with WFS handling twice-daily flights for Frontier, which plans to increase its schedule to six Airbus A319/320 flights a day. This latest contract means WFS now provides ‘above and below the wing’ services for the airline at five stations in North America.

In Newark, Virgin America has awarded a three-year contract for all ramp, cabin and deicing services to WFS for its inaugural flights to the airport. The airline is planning six flights a day linking Newark with San Francisco and Los Angeles using A320 passenger aircraft. WFS also provide services to Virgin America at Washington National Airport.

Olivier Bijaoui, President and CEO of WFS, said: “We are proud that these airlines have chosen WFS as their handling partner and have confidence in our ability to provide the high customer service levels they expect for their customers. We bring over 20 years of passenger handling expertise to these contracts and the knowledge that comes from serving over 50 million airline passengers per annum worldwide.”

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