Swissport expands into the Netherlands and France


May 31, 1999 - Swissport International, the ground

handling company of the SAirGroup, is continuing

its international expansion. The company extended

its operations to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport -

the fourth-biggest airport in Europe - and to five

stations in France at the end of May.





opening of the new stations in the Netherlands and

France marks a further step in the steady expansion

of Swissport's activities in the

rapidly-liberalising European ground handling

market. Company CEO Joseph In Albon confirms the

strategic importance of the new operations: "We

want to be present with standardised products and

services - for both our airline customers and their

passengers," he explains.


The new

Swissport subsidiaries will operate under the names

of "Dutchport" in Amsterdam and "Air Littoral

Assistance" in France (at Montpellier, Lyon,

Marseille, Nice and Toulouse). While the Dutch

operation is a joint venture with CSC (Cargo

Service Center), a local cargo handling company,

Swissport International will hold a 70-percent

equity stake in Montpellier-based Air Littoral

Assistance. As In Albon points out, the new French

locations offer an excellent basis for establishing

and developing a Swissport presence in the key

French ground handling market.


A new

partner in the Netherlands



intends to collaborate closely with its new Dutch

partner. CSC is the world's biggest cargo handling

company, with operations at over 70 airports in 21

countries. The company employs some 2800 personnel

around the world.



International, which is a fully-owned subsidiary of

SAirServices, one of the four divisions of the

SAirGroup, is active on almost every continent and

has a workforce of some 6000 personnel. Its biggest

operations are in Switzerland, Brazil, Turkey,

elsewhere in Europe and in Africa. Swissport

International handled over 27 million passengers

and some


250 000

flights last year in its various operations around

the world.