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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. [more]


Award Notification It is my honour to advise you that following a rigorous research and selection process, the awards committee at the Institute of Transport Management has decided to accredit Swissport with it's "Global Ground Handling Company of the Year 2001" award in recognition of it's exemplary role as a first class provider of ground handling services worldwide. The decision to present Swissport with the 'Global Ground Handling Company of the Year 2001' accreditation is the result of research conducted during the past 2 years on behalf of the ITM's Air Transport Committee. Announcing the Award, Kieran Ring, Executive Director of the ITM and Chairman of its Air Transport Committee, said "With over 40 years experience in the industry, Swissport is renowned as a leading provider of ground handling services to the air transport industy. The company operates at over 125 airports in 25 countries and places high standards of excellence on all aspects of it's operations in order to achieve worldwide consistency". "The ITM are impressed by the importance Swissport places on quality through it's ongoing ISO 9002 certification and Total Quality Management which result in the seamless integration evident in it's operations across the globe. Following the acquisition of DynAir in the US, Swissport advanced to become the world's largest ground handler and DynAir's subsequent name change to Swissport stresses the importance placed on global branding and uniform quality of service worldwide. The acquistion of a significant holding in Miascor Ground Handling of the Philippines extends Swissport's activities to the Asia-Pacific region and demonstrates their dedication to giving their customers a truly global offering. The latest customer services programme from Swi[more]


By following the same successful strategy, Swissport is expanding further into the European, Asian and U.S. market. Swissport North America commenced ground handling services for Delta Airlines in Detroit on January 15, 2001. The new business unit is providing ramp, cabin cleaning, GSE maintenance and janitorial services. Passenger services will be provided by mid March 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia. With pleasure, Swissport can also announce the firm opening of its location Vienna by the end of March. Swissport Austria will be able to offer all services related to passenger-side-activities. Thanks to a memorandum of understanding with ‘Airport Vienna’, ramp services will be provided as well. The 2 launching customers of our operation will be Swissair and Sabena. The second opening in Greece will take place March 25, in Heraklion. Swissport Hellas will provide the whole range of handling services and for all types of aircrafts. Opening of Swissport Korea in Seoul is postponed until summer 2001. "You will never have a second chance to make a first impression" was the answer of Swissport's CEO Mr. Joseph In Albon when he was asked to explain, why Swissport is not (yet) physically present for the official opening and inauguration end of March. "We want to offer our customers the best possible quality, equipment and well experienced staff with outstanding ground handling skills, what we will have available only by summer 2001." Contact for Detroit/Atlanta Swissport North America Mr. Tony Ivey Senior Vice President Marketing & Business Development Tel: +1 703 742 43 46 E-Mail: iveyt@swissport-usa.com Contact in Vienna: Swissport Austria Mrs. Renate Adelmann General Manager Tel: +43 1 7007 35505 E-Mail: radelman@sairgroup.com Contact for Heraklion: Swissport Hellas Mr Simon Lehmann General Manager Tel: +30 10 3370 610 E-Mail: slehmann@sairgroup.com Contact for Seoul: Swissport International Ltd Mr St[more]


Manila has been voted as best station of Asiana's network for the year 2000. That result origins of a board survey conducted regularly on Asiana Airlines flights. It's ground handling partner, Miascor, is very proud of that commendation recieved and will of course do its utmost to maintain the high quality level also in the future. Our contact in Manila: Mr René Sayo Citadel Holdings, Inc. 4/F, SGV ll Bldg. 6758 Ayala Avenue Makati City Phone no.: + 632 851 96 85-86 Fax no.: + 632 851 96 87 or 80 E-Mail: rms@citadel.com.ph[more]


Swissport South Africa awarded after long standing administrative procedures its ramp handling licence. This allows Swissport to operate at all airports company owned airports in the country. Swissport is part of the world renowned swiss SairGroup, whose presence in South Africa has recently become markedly stronger, the most recent investment being a 20% shareholding in South African Airways. The SairGroup is represented in South Africa by companies such as: Swissair, Gate Groumet (Catering), Atraxis (IT) and of course Swissport South Africa Swissport International Ltd. with its affiliates extended its network up to over 120 stations in 25 countries and is the preferred ground handler for over 400 customer airlines.[more]


Nice/Zurich, January 3, 2001 – Swissport International Ltd. is gathering its French-based ground handling activities under the name Swissport France. The new structure takes effect as of January 1. Jan Tindemans has been named President and CEO of Swissport France. The amalgamation of activities of Air Littoral Assistance, Swissair Ground Services and Eurohandling (cargo partnership) under the umbrella of Swissport France represents the onset of a phase of expansion by one of the leading ground handling companies in France. Swissport France currently handles a volume of some 40,000 flights and 2.8 million passengers a year at the airports of Lyon, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nice, Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Toulouse. [more]


Swissport International aims to strengthen its position as the number one in worldwide ground handling via the continual expansion of its global network. With Swissport Executive, the SAirGroup subsidiary is entering the fast-growing market of business and private aircraft handling.[more]


Swissport Dominicana is happy to announce the opening of the new airport in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The new airport was inagurated on the 14th of December during a lovely ceremony attended by the President of the Dominican Republic as well as the shareholders of the Central Romana Corporation owners of the airport. The first inter-continental operation was on the 18th of December by Lauda Air from Milan-Malpensa. The flight was on time and all services where handled according to Swissport's high standards. Swissport is fully equiped to handle all aircraft types from small single engine to B747, as well as the new generation aircrafts like the Airbus 330 and B777. With its 50 staff, Swissport offers the full range of ground handling services: passenger services, load control, cabin cleaning, ramp handling and administration as well as Executive Aviation. [more]


Nice-Zurich-Houston, November 29th, 2000 - Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., a 40-year veteran in providing flight support services to corporate aviation and Swissport International Ltd., the global leader of ground handling services will operate a new ground handling facility in Nice, France. Effective February 1st, 2001, the two companies will manage Swissport Executive, a facility specifically targeted for private and business aircraft at the Cote d'Azur Airport (LFMN) in Nice, France. As an affiliate of Universal's Worldwide Service Network, Swissport Executive Nice will offer operators flying into the city a choice for private aircraft handling agents and will deliver a full range of customized services with quality as a primary initiative. Nadhem Tounsi, former Operations Manager for Universal's office at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, (voted one of Europe's top ten FBOs) will manage the new Swissport Executive operations at Nice. Mr. Tounsi brings with him 10 years business aviation experience, is multi lingual and speaks Arabic, enabling him to clearly communicate with the high volume of international clientele. "I am extremely excited about this new facility and the opportunities that exist with working with such a world class organization," stated Tounsi. "Nice is a growing commercial airport and the new Swissport Executive team will be ensuring that business aircraft passengers get to and from their aircraft as quickly as possible in comfort and style. Dedicated Swissport Executive professionals will guarantee all crews post-arrival and pre-departure needs are met quickly and accurately." From the first day of operation, the Swissport Executive Nice facility will have the necessary staff and equipment to meet the needs of all sizes of business aircraft including the B747. "This joint venture gives Swissport the unique opportunity to enter the fast growing and extremely interesting market of business and leisure related[more]


Swissport has been awarded a comprehensive ground handling license for the new Inchon International Airport in Seoul, Korea. IIA is supposed to open in late March 2001 and Swissport is now taking all necessary actions to become operational by then. Swissport will offer a full ground handling service range as well as fueling. With Seol the ground handler Nr. 1 is strengthening its position in the Asian market.[more]