Together with the new uruguayan Airline "Uair" Swissport has concluded a cooperation agreement for Latin America starting operations as from December 1st, 2003.
Swissport UK is pleased to inform that senior officers of the union TGWU confirmed that industrial actions planned for London Heathrow have been called off. The package of measures will be recommended for acceptance by the union at a mass meeting of members to be held at the Airport soon.
Munich has successfully passed the external ISO 9001 audited by TÜV. This brings the total of Swissport's certified stations up to 55.
Swissport is to assume the airfreight handling responsibility over the Cargologic's Geneva operations from January 1st, 2004. This transaction has been approved by the Cargologic's owners, the Rhenus Alpina Group.
The challenging Swiss-Swissport-Ground-Handling project with the full implementation of all tasks has been launched. Johannesburg and Los Angeles are the first two stations which are integrated effective 1st of November 2003. Some other 70 stations will now follow up to September 2004.
A strike is planed by TGWU at London-Heathrow-Airport between November 2nd 0430 hrs and November 4th 0430 hrs. Contingency plans are prepared.
Swiss International Air Lines and Swissport concluded a landmark Memorandum of Understanding yesterday (Wednesday, August 6), following extensive bilateral discussions. The forward-looking agreement, which is valid until the end of 2006, will enable the partners to place their collaboration on a promising new footing. Its key contents in brief: A redefinition of the ground handling product (processes and services, and including cargo handling) in and outside Switzerland. A basic agreement that SWISS will entrust all its ground handling functions and activities to Swissport within the next twelve months. As a first step, this "outsourcing will be effected immediately at six SWISS stations Johannesburg, Nice, Paris, Madrid, Los Angeles and Zurich with the aim of having the new arrangements in place and operational by the start of the winter schedules at the end of October. The new agreement, and the actions it entails, will enable SWISS to effect sizeable cost savings and focus more clearly on its core flight operations. At the same time, however, SWISS will continue to have a major say in the key ground product field, thereby ensuring that its top customers continue to enjoy the best possible ground services product. A number of workgroups will be carefully studying all aspects of the various interfaces and workflows involved over the next few weeks, to ensure that the ground handling activities concerned are transferred as smoothly as possible. The modifications entailed will initially be effected at downline stations, and subsequently with the head-office organisation. Needless to say, the various unions and staff associations are closely involved in all these developments, helping ensure that the best solutions are adopted for all the personnel concerned. Further details will be provided as soon as possible. Swissport and SWISS are delighted at this further intensification
Swissport USA has successfully won the important cargo tender from United Airlines and already this summer will take over the complete cargo handling services at seven large airports. At the same time, Swissport Brazil has been commissioned by South America's largest low-cost airline (GOL) to take on five new operations in addition to the nine airports already served.
Swissport will be forced to eliminate around 350 positions in Switzerland in the wake of the initial scenarios and planned fleet reductions announced on Tuesday by SWISS. The resizing of the company's activities and associated redundancies will be effected in accordance with the severance benefit provisions enshrined in the corresponding Collective Working Agreement.
Swissport has signed a co-operation agreement with AirCargoLink to jointly develop a European wide feeding and de-feeding network for air cargo shipments on behalf of airlines.