Virgin Atlantic Cargo gains wholesale distribution authorisation certification in UK

VIRGIN Atlantic Cargo's headquarters close to Gatwick Airport has earned Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (WDA) after complying with good distribution practice (GDP) guidelines.

The airline said it decided to embark on gaining WDA in response to customer demand. Its accreditation follows its handling partner dnata also gaining WDA for its operation at London Heathrow, London's Air Cargo News reported.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo managing director Dominic Kennedy said: "We have been listening to our customers and responding to what they want. WDA was the regulatory compliance they asked us to achieve and now we meet their requirements at both our global headquarters and pharma zone [at dnata's Heathrow facility].

"We can measure our customers' approval by the increasing pharma bookings they are giving us. We are confident 2018 will be a record year for our pharma and life science business as customers commit to airlines like Virgin which are delivering tangible benefits."

The airline saw pharmaceutical and life science volumes increase by one-fifth last year and demand is expected to grow further in 2018.

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