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Zurich, May 31, 1999 - Swissport International, the ground handling company of the SAirGroup, is continuing its international expansion. The company extended its operations to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport - the fourth-biggest airport in Europe - and to five stations in France at the end of May.   The opening of the new stations in the Netherlands and France marks a further step in the steady expansion of Swissport's activities in the rapidly-liberalising European ground handling market. Company CEO Joseph In Albon confirms the strategic importance of the new operations: "We want to be present with standardised products and services - for both our airline customers and their passengers," he explains. The new Swissport subsidiaries will operate under the names of "Dutchport" in Amsterdam and "Air Littoral Assistance" in France (at Montpellier, Lyon, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse). While the Dutch operation is a joint venture with CSC (Cargo Service Center), a local cargo handling company, Swissport International will hold a 70-percent equity stake in Montpellier-based Air Littoral Assistance. As In Albon points out, the new French locations offer an excellent basis for establishing and developing a Swissport presence in the key French ground handling market. A new partne[more]

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