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Page 6 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DEC 2017- JANUARY 2018 GAC Abu Dhabi turns 50 GAC Abu Dhabi has marked five decades of operations and sig- nalled continued support for the oil and gas sector which estab- lished the Emirate as a major energy hub in the 1960s. The company played a key role in infrastructure projects for the Emirate after the discovery and early exploration of fossil fuels within its borders. And despite the downturn in recent years, there was a new optimism being expressed when GAC Abu Dhabi marked its 50th anniversary at a reception at the Beach Rotana attended by customers, partners and colleagues from across the GAC Group. Half a century after the first GAC office opened in Abu Dhabi with a handful of staff, it has grown to be a major player with more than 120 employees providing an integrated range of shipping and logistics services. Its facilities now include: Two yards and a warehouse in Mina Zayed supporting the oil and gas sector, a dedicated warehouse and yard in Mussafah for a drilling company, a fleet of trucks with access to oil security zones and a shipping team supporting rigs and OSVs (offshore support vessels) in Mina Zayed’s Free Port as well as Mussafah Port. Offices at the airport and in Sila and Ruwais support customs clearance and coverage, and ship supply services extend to the Emirate’s western region. Some of the staff from GAC Abu Dhabi and GAC Group at the 50th anniversary celebration BRUSSELS has become the first of Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS’) European cargo stations to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma certi- fication. The world’s largest cargo han- dler is in the process of certifica- tion for either Good Distribution Practice (GDP) or IATA CEIV Pharma at major locations across its network, which also includes building new facilities at stations including Paris, Milan and Copen- hagen. John Batten Delivering further improvements to our pharma handling services at major stations is one of our key areas of focus and this will continue in 2018 with investments and GDP or CEIV certifications at more of our locations with high pharma volumes.” WFS Brussels achieves CEIV status, more offices to come Pharma volumes handled by WFS in Brussels rose by some 170 per cent in 2016 and will soar to a new high in 2017. Volumes in the first 10 months of the year have al- ready exceeded three million kilos. John Batten, WFS’ evp Cargo Eu- rope Middle East Africa and Asia, said: “We are continuing to listen to the needs of our airline customers and to support them with new and enhanced facilities where we see opportunities that offer growth potential for them and for WFS.