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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]


Swissport Frankfurt has become the 20th Station to receive the ISO 9002 Certificate. The Certification Audit passed successfully June 15, 2000[more]


Airports Company South Africa conferred the award for the best airport handling company concerning safety and discipline to Swissport South Africa. Assessed by ACSA was any company operating on the ramp, catering, handling, cleaning etc. Another important step to show that Swissport is actively present and wants to go "the extra mile" to make sure that Ground Handling in South Africa gets even more professional.[more]


Zurich, June 14, 2000 - The continuous expansion of business opportunities in Africa, South America and the Caribbean represents the main emphasis of Swissport International Ltd.’s forward-looking strategy. Swissport aims to consolidate its position as the world’s leading ground handling company. Setting a new trend, Swissport has been active in the e-business field since June 1, offering customers an attractive 24-hour Internet service. Swissport International, the SAirGroup’s ground handling subsidiary recently was awarded a concession as the sole ground handler at the international airport in Tanzania. As a result of the ongoing privatisation of airports in Tanzania, Swissport also acquired a majority stake in the Dar es Salaam Airport Handling Company Ltd. (DAHACO), allowing Swissport to offer its services at both Dar es Salaam International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport. Tanzania marks the third African location for Swissport. New stations in South America… On June 1 of this year Swissport Brasil commenced activities at the airport in Viracopos, Brazil. Viracopos is Swissport’s ninth Brazilian airport. In Argentina Swissport has created a joint venture with Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. Swissport Argentina S.A. will begin operations on August 1, 2000 by offering services at Buenos Aires Airport. Plans call for handling activities at other Argentinean airports. … and in Central America and the Caribbean As part of the plan for the privatisation of the four largest airports in Honduras (Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Roatan and La Ceiba), Serlipsa-Swissport, the Peruvian Swissport subsidiary, has joined forces with San Francisco Airport to form a consortium that was granted a concession for ground handling activities at these airports. Together with local joint venture partners Swissport has also acquired[more]


Dutchport, a Swissport Partner company operating at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport was able to contract Air France as from August 1. Air France operates 50 flights a week, mainly operated by B737 and A320/A319. This move represents an important boost to Dutchport operations. LOT contracts Air Littoral Assistance in Lyon and Nice Lot, the Polish national carrier has joined the list of customers in Lyon and Nice. Lyon is served twice weekly, where of Nice is served 4 times a week.[more]