Recent News Releases
Swissport International Ltd., the world’s leading provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation industry, is proud to announce that Swissport Cargo at Liège Airport in Belgium has successfully completed the validation process for IATA’s “Center of Excellence for Independent Validators” (CEIV) on Pharmaceutical Logistics. Pharmaceuticals (e.g. vaccines, biotech medicines) are among the most delicate products transported as air cargo, and therefore, it is essential to ensure their transport follows a global standard and strict temperature control guidelines.
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (EuroAirport) and Swissport International Ltd. (Swissport), the world’s leading provider of ground handling and air cargo services to the aviation industry, today announced that the EuroAirport Skyview Lounge at EuroAirport has been awarded “Priority Pass Global Airport Lounge of the Year” for the second time. The lounge, owned by EuroAirport and operated by Swissport, has also previously won the regional European Award. Priority Pass Members vote on a set of criteria covering overall lounge quality, including refreshments, staff, business facilities and ambience. The features that helped the lounge to stand out against over 850 lounges include a unique infrastructure as well as comprehensive customer services. A further special feature of the EuroAirport Skyview Lounge is that it is open to all passengers independent of their carrier or booking class.
Swissport International (Swissport), the world's leading provider of ground and cargo handling services and AGN Aviation Services (AGN), the third biggest ground handling provider in Mexico, signed an agreement on jointly providing ground handling services. With this agreement, Swissport expands its network in Mexico to 28 stations; the combined company will offer its customers country- or multi-station-wide solutions for passenger and ramp handling services.
Swissport Kazakhstan LLP (Swissport Kazakhstan) announced the start of passenger handling operations at Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan on 1 October 2015. Together with Astana International Airport and AMG, the trust management company for the chain of airports in Kazakhstan, Swissport Kazakhstan will jointly raise the quality of ground handling services to international standards.
Swissport Limited (Swissport) today announced that it has decided to withdraw from ground handling operations at London Gatwick (LGW) and that Swissport and Aviator LGW Limited (Aviator) have signed a binding agreement on the disposal of Swissport´s London Gatwick ground handling operations to Aviator. The transaction will become effective on 9 November 2015 and is including ground handling related assets, contracts and staff. Both companies will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition.
Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground handling and air cargo services to the aviation industry, today announced Oman Air as a new customer in Europe. The two companies have signed a multi-station agreement for full cargo handling services at London Heathrow, Munich, Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The new agreement underlines Swissport’s ability to provide standardized services across a multi-station environment.
Swissport Group (“Swissport”) announces that PAI Partners SAS (“PAI Partners”) has today agreed to the sale of Swissport* to HNA Group Co. Ltd. (“HNA Group”), a global enterprise group based in Haikou, China. Swissport, the world´s largest ground and cargo handling company, will remain as a stand-alone business within HNA Group, complementing HNA’s existing activities including aviation, airport management, logistics and tourism.
Swissport, the world’s largest aviation services provider, and Collinson Group, owners of Priority Pass, today announced the opening of the first independent, shared use lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5. ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5’ will be jointly owned and operated by Swissport and Airport Lounge Development (ALD), Collinson Group’s lounge operating arm. Located at Gate A18 in Terminal 5, it will be the first lounge open to all travellers in one of the world’s busiest airport terminals.
Swissport International, the world's leading provider of ground and cargo handling services, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Air BP regarding the acquisition of Air BP’s share in AFS Aviation Fuel Services GmbH (AFS). This means that Swissport is taking over Air BP’s 50% stake in AFC (the holding company of AFS) and its 33.3% direct stake in AFS, as well as all AFC and AFS subsidiaries/associates. AFS is the largest provider of into-plane-fuelling services in Germany with operations at 10 German as well as 2 Austrian airports. The acquisition is subject to approval by German and Austrian competition authorities. Upon competition clearance Swissport will own a majority stake of 66.6% (through direct and indirect shareholding) of AFS and assume operational and financial control of the business in close cooperation with the co-shareholder DLH Fuel Company mbH, a 100% subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground and air cargo services to the aviation industry, and Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH, have signed a Letter of Intent to form a joint venture with the aim of providing air cargo services at Graz Airport. The start of the operations of the joint venture Swissport Cargo Services Graz is planned for the beginning of 2016.