Swissport now in Vienna

Zurich, March 26, 2001 – Swissport International Ltd. began offering its services in Austria as of March 25. Some 45 staff of Swissport Austria GmbH offer passenger-related services at Vienna Airport.

Swissport Austria began serving its first customers at Vienna Airport, Swissair and Sabena, on March 25. The company is currently in negotiations with other potential customers.

Renate Adelmann, Swissport’s first female CEO, will head the new operation. She is tackling her new challenges with a pioneer spirit and a good deal of elan. "I tell everyone that we want to be the ‘best in class’. Average services can be found anywhere,” says Adelmann. For this reason, she and her team place a great deal of emphasis on innovation and international diversity. This statement is reflected in the multi-cultural makeup of the team, that encompasses some 19 different languages. Renate Adelmann also places a great deal of significance on the company’s cooperation with Vienna Airport.

Swissport Austria is a subsidiary of Swissport International, an SAirServices company. The internationally active company serves 52 million passengers per year and also handles 1.4 million aircraft for more than 400 airlines at 125 airports. Swissport generated consolidated operating revenue in 2000 of approximately CHF 1 billion. Swissport International employs some 15,000 staff in 25 countries on four continents. In 2001 the company was named Global Ground Handler of the Year by the Institute of Transport Management.