Swissport International enters the Kazakh market

On 9 February 2015, Airport Management Group LLP (AMG), JSC “Astana International Airport” and Swissport International Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in which the parties agreed that Swissport will take over the complete ground handling from Astana International Airport in two phases. The cooperation will commence on 1 May 2015 with the newly established joint venture “Swissport Kazakhstan” taking over passenger handling in Astana. In a second phase, the joint venture will take over the entire ground handling services by the end of the year, then also including ramp and de-icing services.

The basis for this cooperation is the Government of Kazakhstan´s wish to advance and upgrade its airports and ground services to make them compliant with international regulations and standards, and to prepare them for the EXPO 2017 in Astana. The purpose of the MoU is to establish the joint venture company between Airport Management Group LLP (AMG) and Swissport International by end of March.

Mark Skinner, Senior Vice President Ground Handling comments: “Swissport sees a big potential in the Kazakh market, which shows remarkable economic growth rates. We are looking forward to the cooperation with AMG helping to establish the necessary next steps for meeting international standards when it comes to ground services.”

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

AMG is the trust management company for the chain of airports in Kazakhstan which has a task from JSC “NC KTZ” to improve passenger and ground handling and quality of airport services.