Menzies Aviation appointed as South African Airways Cargo’s air cargo services provider at key airports

Menzies Aviation appointed as South African Airways Cargo’s air cargo services provider at key airports

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 2023-Mar-07 — /Travel PR News/ — South African Airways (SAA) Cargo has appointed Menzies Aviation, the world’s largest aviation services company, to provide air cargo services at OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT), and Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ). The first phase of Menzies’ appointment started on 1 December 2022, with the handling of all SAA Cargo terminal operations in Cape Town. The second phase will begin at OR Tambo in the coming weeks.

The appointment of Menzies followed a rigorous procurement process and is part of the ongoing restructuring process that SAA is implementing post-Business Rescue. Professor John Lamola, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of SAA, says “This milestone is an important one, it is part of our efforts to re-position SAA Cargo and unlock the value of SAA Cargo terminals. It also allows management to focus on critical strategic goals to grow our cargo business,”

Menzies Aviation CEO Philipp Joeinig says, “The partnership with SAA aligns with the strategy to grow Menzies’ footprint in Africa, where we see huge potential for growth” Joeinig added, “SAA is an important player in the cargo industry and this partnership is a real game changer for our business in South Africa as we are now based in the largest air cargo facilities in the country in the two main air freight ports. It also aligns with our long-term vision to strengthen our position as the leading aviation services provider in Africa.”

SAA Cargo and Menzies are currently undertaking renovations of the terminals at OR Tambo, Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth with sustainability in mind. Investing in electric vehicles and ground service equipment, solar energy, energy efficient lighting and a full recycling programme are some of the actions being taken to reduce the carbon footprint.

The facilities, which will remain part of SAA’s property portfolio, are the largest domestically; OR Tambo has the capacity to handle 229,000 tonnes per year and Cape Town has a capacity of 92,550 tonnes per year. Menzies will move its existing and new business into the world-class cargo handling facilities.

About SAA

South Africa Airways (SAA) began operations on 1 February 1934. SAA, is a leading carrier in Africa, serving regional destinations between Johannesburg and eight African destinations – Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka, Lagos, Mauritius, Windhoek, Victoria Falls and 2 domestic routes from Johannesburg to Cape Town and Durban.  SAA will also commence services to Malawi on 16 March 2023. SAA is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance.  SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical (SAAT), a world class maintenance facility and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAAT has particularly been successful in the delivery of high-quality maintenance services such as major airframe checks; engine overhaul; mechanical components; avionics and line maintenance. From its first flight in 1934, SAA have welcomed the world to South Africa by showing off the warm generous heart of the country. The airline has more than 89 years of excellence and innovation to draw on.

About Menzies Aviation

Menzies Aviation has been evolving since 1833 to become the worlds’ largest aviation services company with operations on six continents. Headquartered in London, Menzies provides time critical ground services, fuel services and air cargo services at more than 250 airports in 58 countries, supported by a team of over 35,000 highly trained people. Best in class safety and security are the number one priority every day.  For more information about Menzies Aviation, visit

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Source: South African Airways