"Checkport" tackles the cost of Inadmissibles

Hong Kong/Zurich, May 7, 2001 – Airlines pay tens of millions of dollars a year in fines, return tickets and associated costs for ‘inadmissible’ passengers, or those travellers who are refused entry to their country of destination. Swissport therefore plans to team up with CGS, Customer Ground Services Ltd. Zurich, to create a joint-venture company that will tackle this often-overlooked aspect.

To get a clearer idea of the real costs incurred through inadmissible passengers, Swissport International has set up the Checkport project, a joint venture with CGS of Zurich. The aim of the project is to tighten up document checks and thereby reduce both the number of inadmissibles and the costs they generate in the form of tickets to return them to their place of departure, the cost of looking after them before this can be done, the fines that are levied by the authorities and delays these procedures can entail.

The new joint venture between Swissport and CGS will make inadmissibles handling part of the total ground services product. The Checkport project offers a powerful blend of CGS’ expertise in the document checking field and Swissport International’s global network, infrastructure and distribution channels. The project should make its operational debut in July.

Newly-opened stations

Swissport – awarded the ‘Global Ground Handling Company of the Year 2001’ (by the Institute of Transport Management) – not only offers new services, it is also continually expanding its global network. In the last few weeks new stations were opened in Bremen and Hanover, Germany; Iraklion, Greece; Vienna, Austria; and in Atlanta, USA. Swissport South Africa has finally got a definitive operating license for Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban Airports.

New Business Lines

Swissport Executive Aviation was founded at the end of 2000 and took up initial operations at France’s Nice Airport on February 1, 2001 in a joint venture with Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. Today, Swissport Executive Aviation offers services for private and business aviation at 14 airports in Europe and the Americas. Furthermore, Swissport Executive Aviation has signed a global preferred partnership programme with the U.S.-based Company Netjets, the world leader in fractional aircraft ownership. This represents a significant step in Swissport’s efforts to become the world’s leading ground handler in the business and private aviation sector.

At the present time, Swissport International Ltd. (a subsidiary of the Swissair Group), handles 55 million passengers and services 1.6 million aircraft yearly for more than 500 airlines at 129 airports world-wide. With a staff of over 15 000 deployed in 25 countries on four continents, Swissport generated operating revenue of approximately CHF 1 050 million in 2000.

Swissport International is present at the IGHC booth 14/15.

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