Serving customers in Europe and the Middle East
Late last year, London-headquartered Wings Travel Management expanded its footprint in Europe, to form a regional base in Cyprus. “With Brexit now behind us, this expansion was optimally timed to ensure all our European and UK customers were not adversely impacted with this change,” said Colin Goldney, MD & SVP of UK/Europe, “Currently we serve and support many markets across the continent, from our European hub in Paphos, Cyprus and we will be looking to increase this number further.”
With Europe now part of Wings’ global footprint, Wings now wholly owns, controls and operates 20 locations globally, serves customers in 18 additional locations, on six continents and now also actively supports and serves almost 15 countries in Europe, including Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium and a number of other key European countries. It also currently serves customers in Israel, as a part of the Eastern Mediterranean cluster.
Tony Sofianos, Wings’ Chief Executive Officer adds “Cyprus is optimally positioned to serve both our customers in Europe and the Middle East effectively and is a perfect location to accelerate expansion in Continental Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean to both our energy and marine clients”.
“Cyprus is optimally positioned to serve both our customers in Europe and the Middle East effectively and is a perfect location to accelerate expansion in Continental Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean to both our energy and marine clients”
Goldney, who was active in driving this expansion, mentions that Cyprus has in recent years discovered significant gas reserves which has attracted much attention and exploration from many of our Oil & Gas customers. It also boasts a large maritime service hub for many major ship owners which we plan to capitalise on. These factors as well as the ease of doing business, makes it an ideal location to service European customers from.
As a Cypriot descendent himself, Sofianos adds that the island is an ideal location to attract multi-lingual talent from not only across Europe but the Eastern Hemisphere.
This last year, the travel industry has been impacted on an unprecedented level, which has sadly resulted in a significant erosion and consolidation of the global industry at large. Wings has however continued to navigate the Covid pandemic by reengineering its cost base and also strategically investing in both technology and its footprint. Sofianos continues “Our niche market specialisation has played a key role in supporting us during this crisis and we are confident that our growth will accelerate exponentially as we exit this pandemic. Our investment decisions will also ensure we are scalable and continue to deliver exceptional uninterrupted service to all our customers on every corner of the earth. Our enthusiasm for business travel remains undiminished.”