easyJet selects Swissport
Zurich, September 14, 2007 Swissport International, the world's leading aviation services group, has concluded a new collaboration agreement with easyJet for the provision of ground services at Zurich Airport. Under the new accord, Swissport Zurich will handle some 12 flights a week for the rapidly-growing low-cost carrier from September 18 onwards.
EasyJet will initially operate two services a day on its new Zurich-London (Luton) route. Following the example of their well developing bases at Basel & Geneva, the company could potentially further expand its Zurich-based network, and operate daily services to various destinations throughout Europe.
"We're very pleased to have concluded our new Swissport agreement," says Jean-Marc Thévenaz, Managing Director of easyJet Switzerland. "Our collaborations at Basel and Geneva and elsewhere in Europe have been very fruitful; and it's these positive experiences that have prompted us to put our faith in Swissport's quality handling product for our new Zurich operations."
"We welcome this extension of our easyJet collaboration," adds Adrian Melliger, Swissport International's Senior Vice President Ground Handling Switzerland & Germany. "And we're delighted that the excellence of our value-for-money services elsewhere has convinced our partner to make use of them in Zurich, too."
The low-fare segment remains extremely popular among air travellers, as its above-average growth continues to confirm. By 2010, one European passenger in three is expected to be travelling with a budget airline. Swissport enjoys excellent business relations with all the continent's main low-cost carriers, and currently provides ground services for easyJet at six stations in four countries.
Swissport International Ltd., which is owned by Ferrovial, a leading European infrastructure and service corporation based in Spain, provides ground services for over 70 million passengers and 3.2 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 650 client companies. With its workforce of around 23 000 personnel, Swissport is active at 184 airports in 43 countries on five continents, and generated consolidated operating revenue of CHF 1 712 million (EUR 1 070 million or USD 1 370 million) last year.
www.swissport.com / www.ferrovial.com
EasyJet is Europe's leading low-cost carrier, and currently operates on 289 routes in Europe connecting 83 key airports in 22 countries. With its fleet of 137 aircraft, the company has carried over 35.7 million passengers in the last 12 months.