Swissport about to renew cooperation with SWISS until end of 2020

Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground handling services to the aviation industry, and SWISS, Switzerland’s national airline, have signed a memorandum of understanding on 24 March 2015 regarding the extension of their cooperation in the area of ground handling services at Zurich airport until the end of 2020.

The signed memorandum of understanding between Swissport and SWISS (Swiss International Air Lines) regarding the renewal of their contract until the end of 2020 comprises passenger services at check-in and gate as well as all ramp services, including loading and unloading of airplanes, handling of baggage and de-icing of airplanes at Zurich airport. Within the defined timeframe, Swissport will thus handle some 120.000 arrivals and departures for and on behalf of SWISS in Zurich each year, as well as 7 million departing passengers. For Geneva, a renewal of the cooperation is likewise within reach – the scope of work for the listed services at this station that Swissport will handle for SWISS encompasses roughly 20.000 arrivals and departures per year.

SWISS is part of the Lufthansa group and the Star Alliance, and flies to more than 100 destinations worldwide form Zurich and Geneva.

Rainer Hiltebrand, Chief Operating Officer of SWISS, about the signing of the memorandum of understanding: “We are glad that we have found a practicable solution regarding passenger and ramp handling at our hub in Zurich together with our longstanding partner Swissport.”

Philipp Joeinig, Executive Vice President Europe West, Central & East at Swissport International: “We are proud that SWISS, in signing the memorandum of understanding, has decided to continue trusting in our services. The Zurich airport as hub is a core element in the service chain of SWISS. With our services, we will continue to strive to offer top notch quality and security standards in order to support seamless operations. We are looking forward to the continuing cooperation.”


Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for around 229 million passengers and handles 4.1 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 700 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 58,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 265 stations in 45 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of CHF 2.9 billion. www.swissport.com

Rainer Hiltebrand and Philipp Joeinig