Swissport begins cargo handling at Japan’s Narita International Airport

Zurich, 11th November, 2011 – Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, has begun offering cargo handling services at Japan’s most important international gateway, Tokyo’s Narita Airport, securing its first cargo contract there with Virgin Atlantic Cargo.

The Zurich-based global provider has been operating passenger ground handling and ramp services at Narita for several years, and the addition of a cargo handling capability completes its portfolio at this key airport, allowing it to offer a full range of ground-handling services to airlines.
The handling warehouse in Narita South has ramp access and is capable of handling all kinds of products, including bonded cargo, valuables, temperature-sensitive and dangerous goods, with ample space for growth in both its office and handling areas. It becomes fully operational on 12th November.

Rudolf Steiner, SVP Cargo Middle East & Asia at Swissport International, said: “We are honoured and proud to be able to start up cargo services at Narita Airport and finally offer a one-stop-shop for an airline.”

Neil Ferdinando, Vice President Operations at Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said: “We are continuously looking for innovative solutions with our handlers, and we are convinced that we have made a good decision in appointing Swissport to handle our cargo at Narita.”

Swissport International Ltd provides ground services for around 100 million passengers and 3.2 million tonnes of cargo a year (the latter using 98 warehouses with a total floor area of over 360,000 square metres) on behalf of some 650 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 35,000 personnel, Swissport is active at 176 stations in 35 countries on five continents, and generated consolidated operating revenue of CHF 1.7 billion in 2010. www.swissport.com