Personnel changes and further news at Swissport’s European cargo organisation

Zurich, 12 October 2009 – Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground handling services to the aviation sector, has entrusted a number of experienced airfreight specialists with new management duties to strengthen its European cargo organisation. The appointments cover the Dutch and French cargo markets. Swissport also reports encouraging major new business and further commercial successes in its airfreight handling activities.


The present economic difficulties continue to pose exceptional challenges for the logistics sector and the executives therein. In view of this, it is hardly surprising that Swissport’s cargo handling division, too, is seeing a number of changes and realignments in both its operating network and its management teams.

Luxembourg: Swissport terminated its cargo handling activities in Luxembourg at the end of September, primarily for commercial reasons. Appropriate alternative arrangements have been made for all the customers and personnel concerned. Patrick Minsart, who was in charge of these operations, remains at Swissport and continues to head the company’s Belgian cargo handling organisation.

Amsterdam: Jan van Anrooy, formerly head of Swissport’s local cargo organisation, has left the company by mutual agreement. His former management duties will be performed by Wouter Brand (in parallel to his existing position as Global Key Account Manager at Swissport Head Office) until a permanent successor is appointed. Mr Brand will be assisted in Amsterdam by Jos Roeven to help handle the sizeable recent 60% increase in local business volumes in the last four months.

France: Bob Bertellier, Head of Cargo at Swissport France, will be leaving the company in the next few weeks to take on a new professional challenge. Jean-Didier Savioz, Head of Ground Handling at Swissport France and President of Swissport France will resume full responsibility for all Swissport business lines in France. The cargo duties will be taken over by a new General Manager latest 1 January 2010. 

“I wish everyone who is taking on new responsibilities here every success and satisfaction, and thank those who are leaving us for all their work, service and commitment,” says Nils Pries Knudsen, Swissport’s Head of Cargo Europe. “I am convinced that, with our new management teams, we will not only tangibly stabilise the organisations concerned, but are also laying the best possible foundations for further growth in the medium-term future.”

Substantial commercial successes

Swissport also reports highly encouraging developments in its cargo handling business. As well as major commissions from Qantas in London and Japan Airlines in Paris, the company has won a number of new customers in the last few weeks, especially in North America, including British Airways in Phoenix and Atlanta, Delta Air Lines in Chicago and Washington, American Airlines in Denver, Turkish Airlines in Toronto, SATA in Boston and US Airways and Cargolux in Atlanta. The new business offers further telling confirmation of the value-for-money products and services that the Swissport Group provides.



Swissport International Ltd., which is owned by Ferrovial, a leading global infrastructure and service corporation based in Spain, provides ground services for over 70 million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 650 client companies. With its workforce of around 32 000 personnel, Swissport is active at 180 airports in 37 countries on five continents, and generated consolidated operating revenue of CHF 1.9 billion (EUR 1.2 billion or USD 1.7 billion) last year. /