Swissport Ghana to start operations
Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation industry, today announced the opening and operational start of Swissport Ghana. Swissport Ghana is an equally owned joint venture company between Swissport International and Ghana Airport Cargo Centre (GACC). GACC is a joint venture between Air Ghana, a registered Ghanaian Airline and Logistics Company based in Accra, Ghana, and the Ghana Airports Company, the official operator of all airports and aerodromes in Ghana. Swissport Ghana will offer cargo warehousing and ramp handling at a brand new cargo warehouse, which is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in Q4, 2015.
The joint venture company Swissport Ghana was established in 2014 in order to prepare the start of operations and to accompany the planning of the cargo warehouse. The leadership of Swissport Ghana will be announced in due course. The cargo warehouse that is planned to be completed in Q4, 2015, is located in a key position next to the airside of Kotoka International Airport in Accra. It will offer 10.000sqm of warehousing space, designed to handle all kinds of cargo including perishables, valuables and dangerous goods.
Ghana is currently one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Its economic outlook is promising and the country has a high growth potential. Nils P. Knudsen, Head of Global Cargo Services at Swissport International, commented: “We are proud to announce the opening of Swissport Ghana. We have a strong and reliable local partner, and together we will help develop the local infrastructure. Ghana is a very promising market and with our state-of-the-art new facility we will be ideally set up to offer local, regional and international customers premium cargo services. We are looking forward to a fruitful and lasting cooperation.”
Marwan Traboulsi, Chairman and CEO of Air Ghana commented: “This is a very exciting and perfect partnership and we are very much looking forward to working with Swissport International and making Accra the best cargo hub in Africa.”
Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for around 224 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 55,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 265 stations in 45 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of CHF 3.0 billion. www.swissport.com