GTR (Ground Team Red), a joint venture between AirAsia Bhd. and SATS Ltd, has opened a new air cargo hub at Kuala Lumpur Airport’s Air Cargo Terminal 1.
The new hub enables GTR to expand its capabilities by handling both narrow and wide-body aircraft cargo operations and has motorised material handling system that facilitates efficient handling of Unit Load Devices (ULDs).
The GTR hub was officially opened by Malaysia’s minister of transport, YB Loke Siew Fook, along with chief executive of AirAsia Group Tony Fernandes; AirAsia Group president (Airlines) Bo Lingam; SATS president and chief executive officer Alex Hungate; GTR chief executive Kevin Chin; AirAsia Malaysia chief executive Riad Asmat and Teleport chief executive officer Pete Chareonwongsak.
The minister of transport, YB Loke Siew Fookv, commented “I would like to congratulate GTR on the launch of their Air Cargo hub today, and their efforts to enhance airline ground handling operations in Malaysia. It is an impressive facility and will help to further elevate KLIA and klia2 as a key logistics gateway, in line with my Ministry’s National Logistics Masterplan to develop Malaysia as a logistics hub. I would also like to see GTR replicate this facility, in particular their cold-room capabilities to other airports in Malaysia to add further value to our ambition of developing Malaysia as a logistics hub.”
Ground Team Red chief executive Kevin Chin, added: “We expect KLIA’s air cargo to grow steadily. With global eCommerce players investing in the region, the increased capacity and digitalisation will enhance air cargo handling services. We will continue our efforts to strengthen Malaysia’s position to become a world class logistics hub in the region by adding capabilities in other parts of Malaysia.”