Co-operation Agreement between AirCargoLink and Swissport

Zürich-Airport, May 16, 2003 - 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.

The collaboration will enable Swissport to close some gaps within its existing trucking offer, adding another important strand to its strategy of providing a full spectrum of high quality handling related services to its clients.

AirCargoLink launched its new service in April at Zurich airport and has already built up an impressive track record. The AirCargoLink service links Zurich with daily truck departures to over 20 European destinations for single air cargo shipments and complete ULDs.

Under the co-operation agreement AirCargoLink intends to expand its operation to several other important air cargo hubs by Autumn of this year. Both partners will benefit significantly from working together . AirCargoLink has chosen Swissport as their preferred Handling partner for both new and existing services and where possible, Swissport will channel their traffic into the AirCargoLink Network.

The key advantages and strengths of the AirCargoLink service are:



  • Scheduled and guaranteed departures

  • Late departure with overnight transportation

  • Services especially geared to the distribution of inbound cargo

  • Attractive all-inclusive tariff with prices starting from 200 kg

  • Bookings directly "from host to host" or via internet

  • Tracing and tracking through EDI messages, directly to the airline system

  • Central management combined with local expertise


AirCargoLink is organized as a management company and has no own trucks but organizes its capacity via contracted, experienced and reliable partners. Both companies are convinced that this co-operation will open new opportunities for many airlines who are considering to replace unprofitable own truck routes with a dynamic, flexible but also reliable network which can be used on shipment level without fixed cost.

Further details will be presented at the Air Cargo Europe exhibition taking place in Munich between May 20 and 24, where detailed information can be obtained at Swissport's stand 108 in Hall A4.

Additional information can also be directly obtained through info@aircargolink.ch or on the internet www.aircargolink.ch.

Swissport International Ltd., which is majority-owned by Candover Partners Ltd., a leading London-based European buyout specialist, handles some 60 million passengers and 2.5 million tonnes of cargo a year for over 600 customers at more than 150 airports in 29 countries. With a worldwide workforce of 18 000 personnel, Swissport is active on four continents and generated total operating revenue of CHF 1.1 billion in 2002.

www.swissport.com / www.aircargolink.ch