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.
Swissport and PrivatAir are to establish a new joint company at Geneva Airport. The new company, to be named PrivatPort, will enable the partners to play a substantial role in the exclusive executive private jet handling business. As a second step in the partners' new collaboration, PrivatPort aims to offer similar ground handling services to this customer segment at other airports around the world.
Swissport is to acquire a majority shareholding in Unitpool, the container and palletising specialist. The move marks a further key step in Swissport's endeavours to become a one-stop provider of airport handling services.
John Mc Donagh has been appointed Division Head Europe and is succeeding Jean-Didier Savioz who will take over Country responsibility for France.
Swissport has been named "Global Ground Handling Company of the Year" for 2003 by the Institute of Transport Management - the third time in succession it has earned this prestigious award. The company has also expanded its operations to India, concluding a multi-year cooperation agreement for Mumbai and Delhi with the reputed Cambata company.