WFS Awarded Hong Kong Cruise Terminal Management and Operations Contract
LONDON, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — A consortium led by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded the tenancy agreement for the new HK$8.156 billion (US$1.046 billion) cruise terminal at Kai Tak by the Tourism Commission of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
WFS’ minority partners in the venture are Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and a subsidiary of Shun Tak Holdings Limited. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is the second largest cruise company in the world, and Shun Tak Holdings is a local diversified conglomerate providing travel-related services.
The 10-year contract award was determined by a competitive bidding process.
The new cruise terminal, scheduled to be completed in mid-2013, is located on the historic runway of the former Kai Tak airport, and is designed to accommodate the new class of mega-cruisers. With an apron area of 850 x 35 metres, water depth of 12-13 metres, and no air draft restriction, the facility will easily accommodate the largest passenger cruise vessels in operation today, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class vessels, with a length of 360 metres.
Barry D. Nassberg, Chief Operating Officer of Worldwide Flight Services, said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to help grow the tourism trade in Hong Kong and look forward to marketing this state-of-the-art facility to cruise lines around the world when they consider ship deployments. There is significant competition among ports in different regions of the world to attract cruise ship business. We will work together with our partners to create a passenger experience that sets new standards, in keeping with Hong Kong’s reputation for service excellence. We will serve to delight cruise travellers, and ensure that cruise lines and their passengers want to keep coming back to the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong.?
The Cruise Terminal at Kai Tak has been designed by Foster + Partners. The new terminal has immigration and customs facilities with design capacity to expeditiously process 3000 passengers per hour.
Jeff Bent, Director for Cruise Projects at Worldwide Flight Services, added: “We are proud that WFS has been entrusted with the management and operation of this modern and environmentally-friendly facility, and we plan to do this in a way that will surprise and delight cruise travellers, as well as provide an inviting destination for Hong Kong residents to come and enjoy the spectacular waterfront in Hong Kong’s largest new development on Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong’s wide variety of cultural, gastronomic, urban, and countryside attractions make it an ideal destination for long-haul and short-haul travellers alike, and our vast source market in mainland China for cruise passengers is an enduring attraction for cruise lines.?
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) was founded in 1983 and is one of the world’s leading providers of airport ground handling, air cargo handling and airport technical services. Today it is present at 121 of the world’s major airports in 20 countries. WFS serves 300 airlines globally, including the handling of 3.5 million tonnes of cargo per annum and 50 million airline passengers a year. The company employs over 10,000 staff worldwide and reported revenues for 2010 of Euro 580 million. WFS is based in Paris, France and maintains a regional executive office in Hong Kong.