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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]


Effective October 31st, Swissport International Ltd has sold its share interest in Fernley Airport Services Limited to Airspeed Hygiene Systems Ltd, a subsidiary of ISS UK Ltd. Swissport has decided to sell Fernley Airport Services Ltd. because it is focusing on the development of its core ground handling business. Swissport expressed a sincere thank to the management and staff of Fernley Airport Services Ltd for their commitment and service during the two and a half year we were the proud owner of the Company. ISS is a world leader in cleaning and specialised services. Headquartered in Denmark and present in 35 countries the Group employs more than 250,000 in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Total turnover reached DKK 19.8 billion in 1999 and is expected to increase by more than 40% in 2000. ISS-shares are listed in Copenhagen and London. The airport segment is one of ISS’s target segments and ISS provides airport related services in a number of countries. In UK ISS is present at a number of airports through its two subsidiaries Airspeed Hygiene Systems Ltd and Nordic Aero UK Ltd. [more]


On November 1st, Swissport Deutschland GmbH started its activities in Cologne. Swissport Cologne is offering the whole range of high quality services in landside handling. This includes check-in, operations, lost and found as well as station supervision. As launching airline, LTU will be handled by experienced and qualified employees who have wide ground handling experience in Cologne. Cologne is Swissport’s 8th station in Germany. Other Swissport stations are FRA, MUC, DUS, HAM, STR, TXL and THF. This means Swissport is now represented at all major German airports and is in a position to offer a full "Germany package". Our advantages: a consistently high quality standard and tailor-made solutions for our clients. Do you wish to know more about Swissport in Cologne?[more]


The following airlines have recently chosen Swissport as their new ground handling agent: Aerolinas Internacionales - Cancun Air France - Amsterdam Air2000 - Las Vegas AOM - Nice, Marseille Cameroon Airlines - Johannesburg Cathay Pacific – Cebu Continental - Dusseldorf Crossair - Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Marseille Finnair - Cancun Iberia - San Juan KLM - Athens LOT - Dusseldorf, Hamburg LTU - Cancun, Hamburg, Stuttgart Qantas - Frankfurt Regional Air - Amsterdam Sabena - Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Marseille South African Airways – Buenos Aires Swissair - Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Malaga Virgin Atlantic - Athens [more]


Swissport USA offers as from November 5th, full ground handling at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. With the award of Mexicana, Swissport enriches its service offer with ramp, cleaning, bagroom and de-icing, supplementing its existing passenger service business. On September 1st , 2000, Swissport USA commenced services at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky by providing ramp and cabin services to Delta Air Lines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines. Swissport was awarded this business line along with the responsibility for Cargo Handling, Pre-departure Screening and Skycap and Wheelchair Services. [more]


In Argentina Swissport has created a joint venture with Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. Swissport Argentina S.A. started operations at Ezeiza airport, October 1st. Hugo Schreier, formerly Station Manager of Swissair in Buenos Aires, has been appointed CEO of this company. Swissport Argentina currently provides ground handling for South African Airways, Spanair and Swissair and plans to take up ground handling activities at other Argentinean airports very soon. Swissport Dominicana S.A., a joint-venture company operating under a management contract with Swissport International, will offer passenger handling services at the three main airports of the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo). Augusto Cavalcante, formerly Station Manager of Swissport in Rio de Janeiro will act as Operations Manager and Omar Azar has been appointed CEO of the company. All current customers of the joint-venture partners Airline Services Maninos S.A. and Caribe S.A. have been notified that with effect October 1st, 2000 all exiting service contracts will be transferred to Swissport Dominicana S.A.. Swissport Dominicana has been awarded the exclusive rights to provide ramp handling services and to operate an FBO at the brand new airport of La Romana. The La Romana airport will enter into service on December 15th, 2000 (beginning of high-season). [more]


It is a great pleasure to inform you that our Air Littoral Assistance stations LYON, MARSEILLE, MONTPELLIER and TOULOUSE have successfully passed the TÜV Audits and are ISO 9002 certified as of today. This brings the total of Swissport Stations with ISO 9002 certification to 24. The certification for Station Nice is planned for December.[more]


Effective August 3, 2000, all business units of the DynAir Group operating across the United States will adopt the Swissport identity. The name change comes 12 months, almost to the day, after the world’s number-one ground handler acquired the group. Zürich-Airport and Washington, D.C., July 31, 2000 – The DynAir Group, a leading independent ground handling services provider with an extensive presence at major US hubs, was acquired by Swissport International Ltd. in July 1999. With this acquisition and subsequent mergers, Swissport advanced to become the world’s largest ground handler both in terms of stations served and revenues generated. The boards of DynAir and Swissport recently agreed to rename all DynAir operations effective August 3, 2000, to reflect this year-old change of ownership. Swissport’s President and CEO Joseph In Albon: "We are pursuing a global branding strategy because we want to emphasize the fact that Swissport offers its customers a unified service quality standard around the world. This is an important portfolio-building factor, and greater visibility for the Swissport name underscores our pledge to offer superior service.” DynAir, which had already introduced Total Quality Management in the late 1980s, was a perfect match for Swissport, and accordingly, the corporate cultures of both companies dovetailed smoothly as well. Erich Bodenmann, who was recently appointed CEO of Swissport’s operations in the USA, said: "DynAir has always had a passion for change based on innovation, so the name change comes naturally. It expresses the fact that we embrace Swissport’s commitment to excellence and at the same time, the new identity instills a sense of pride: we are now visibly a key part of the top industry player’s global network.” For more information, contact: Stephan Beerli EVP Marketing & Sales Swissport International Ltd. Tel: +41 1 812 4950 ste[more]


Swissport was awarded by British Airways in recognition of their contribution in achieving 50 on time departures in Capetwon. Another segnificant step in order to meet professional quality standards for all Swissport customers. Have a try an get in touch with the Swissport crew in Capetown to convince yourself about the outstanding services they are providing.[more]