Finnair and Swissport sign contract extension for Helsinki

Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground and air cargo services to the aviation industry, and Finnair, one of the most innovative, reliable and longest-operating airlines in the world, signed an extension of their existing contract for ramp handling services in Helsinki (HEL) until 31 October 2020. The new agreement is effective immediately, and builds a strong basis for future joint growth and further increased quality at the growing hub in Helsinki.

Swissport International has already been providing ramp handling services for Finnair in Helsinki since December 2011. The companies are now extending their partnership for another five years. Improved operations and service efficiency are key, as Helsinki Airport – the Finnair hub – is expanding and the number of flights is increasing. Swissport Finland will support Finnair in their growth strategy by continuously increasing the standards and quality of its ground handling services.

“We are very pleased to continue our partnership and are looking forward to further raise the levels of service quality and efficiency delivered to our passengers together. A world class, reliable partner is especially vital in the coming years, as Finnair’s traffic grows and Helsinki Airport is expanding”, says Mikko Tainio, Head of Finnair Ground Operations.

Simon Messner, Senior Vice President Ground Handling Europe, Swissport International: “We are proud that Finnair acknowledges our expertise and the high quality standards we apply to our operations, and decided to further extend our cooperation. We will continuously develop our product to support Finnair´s targets of providing a smooth customer experience at Finnair´s important and constantly growing hub Helsinki Airport.”

Finnair is a network airline specialising in passenger and cargo traffic between Asia and Europe. Helsinki’s geographical location gives Finnair a competitive advantage, since the fastest connections between many European destinations and Asian megacities fly over Finland. Finnair’s vision is to offer its passengers a unique Nordic experience, and its mission is to offer the smoothest, fastest connections in the northern hemisphere via Helsinki and the best network to the world from its home markets. Finnair is the only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking and a member of the oneworld alliance. In 2015, Finnair’s revenues amounted to EUR 2,324 million and it had a personnel of 4,800 at the year-end. Finnair Plc’s shares are quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki.

Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for around 230 million passengers and handles 4.1 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 835 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 61,000 personnel, Swissport is active at around 290 stations in 48 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of CHF 3.0 billion.