Swissport USA has successfully won the important cargo tender from United Airlines and already this summer will take over the complete cargo handling services at seven large airports. At the same time, Swissport Brazil has been commissioned by South America's largest low-cost airline (GOL) to take on five new operations in addition to the nine airports already served.
Swissport will be forced to eliminate around 350 positions in Switzerland in the wake of the initial scenarios and planned fleet reductions announced on Tuesday by SWISS. The resizing of the company's activities and associated redundancies will be effected in accordance with the severance benefit provisions enshrined in the corresponding Collective Working Agreement.
Swissport has signed a co-operation agreement with AirCargoLink to jointly develop a European wide feeding and de-feeding network for air cargo shipments on behalf of airlines.
Swissport and PrivatAir are to establish a new joint company at Geneva Airport. The new company, to be named PrivatPort, will enable the partners to play a substantial role in the exclusive executive private jet handling business. As a second step in the partners' new collaboration, PrivatPort aims to offer similar ground handling services to this customer segment at other airports around the world.
Swissport is to acquire a majority shareholding in Unitpool, the container and palletising specialist. The move marks a further key step in Swissport's endeavours to become a one-stop provider of airport handling services.
John Mc Donagh has been appointed Division Head Europe and is succeeding Jean-Didier Savioz who will take over Country responsibility for France.
Swissport has been named "Global Ground Handling Company of the Year" for 2003 by the Institute of Transport Management - the third time in succession it has earned this prestigious award. The company has also expanded its operations to India, concluding a multi-year cooperation agreement for Mumbai and Delhi with the reputed Cambata company.
Sabine Kleiner and Willy Ruf have been appointed Head of Passenger Services effective February 2003
Nominations and appointments have been announced for key positions in Turkey, Germany and UK. NFS and Swissport are terminating their cooperation in Saudia Arabia by end of January 2003.
For the third successive year, Swissport has been selected with this prestigious award by the Institute of Transport Management (ITM). This nomination is the result of an extensive research and selection process throughout the Transport and Aviation industry.