News Archive

08.05.2000

Dubai, May 8, 2000 – Expanding its business in Saudi Arabia and through the entire Middle East is merely one hallmark of Swissport International Limited’s global strategy. The cooperation with Makshaff Services Ltd. (Saudi Arabia) closed another hole in Swissport’s increasingly expansive geographic portfolio. And to ensure that Swissport is available at any and all hours, the company is launching EASYcontact, an attractive e-business tool. Swissport International Ltd. and the Saudi-based Makshaff Services Ltd. have agreed on a close level of cooperation. Effective immediately, Makshaff’s subsidiary National Flight Service (NFS), a ground handling company active at Jeddah Airport, is now included in Swissport’s worldwide ground handling network. The new General Manager of NFS, Werner Krummenacher, is the former Swissair District Manager in Greece. NFS, which was founded three years ago, wants to accelerate its engagement in the global ground handling business. This was the reason they chose to work together with Swissport. Another factor in the choice of Swissport was the company’s high quality and successful expansion strategy. Today, NFS counts among its customers such renowned airlines as Singapore Airlines and KLM. Promising discussions are currently underway with other potential airlines. NFS offers customers full ground handling services and achieved operating revenue in 1999 of some 4 million Saudi rials. NFS employs 200 staff. NFS represents Swissports station/location number 115. Werner Krummenacher of NFS Jeddah can be reached as follows: Phone: +966 2 685 0554, fax +966 2 685 3118, mobile +966 55 355 016 Get immediate quotes with EASYcontact Always a trend-setter, Swissport is now active in e-business. Beginning June 1st, 2000 Swissport will become the first ground handling provider in the world to have a semi-automatic request-for-proposal quoting system available via Internet. The initial release will allow [more]

04.04.2000

Swissport received the confirmation from the board of the New Athens Airport that we have obtained the license for the Ramp and Cargo Handling at the new Athens International Airport Spata. The planned start of the operation is March 1st, 2001. And we will shortly be able to provide Passenger Service at Heraklion and full service at Athens Hellinikon.[more]

22.02.2000

Swissport received the confirmation from the board of the New Athens Airport that we have obtained the license for the Ramp and Cargo Handling at the new Athens International Airport Spata. The planned start of the operation is April 1st, 2001. And we will shortly be able to provide Passenger Service at Heraklion and full service at Athens Hellinikon.[more]

08.02.2000

Still on a course of aggressive expansion, No. 1 ground handler Swissport International Ltd. recently announced the launch of a value-enhancement program called PLUS10. Erich Brandenberger has some details from Zürich. Its acquisition of DynAir in September 1999 propelled Swissport International Ltd., the ground handling arm of the SAirGroup, to the topmost rank in the industry, adding 50 airports throughout the USA to its portfolio in one fell swoop. With a still growing network of stations extending from Anchorage to Ankara, Madrid to Manila, and São Paolo to San Juan, Swissport is not only the biggest, but quite likely the culturally most diverse handler in the world. It stands to reason that some kind of unité de doctrine is needed to homogenize Swissport’s crucible of mentalities, not least in view of global ISO certification. Joseph In Albon, President and CEO of Swissport, commented: "It goes without saying that we are intent on delivering the same quality of service at each and every station. It takes quite a bit of evangelism to make that vision come true, but we’re fully on target.” The targets are described in a motivation-building booklet the size of an airline ticket that was distributed to the supervisors of Swissport’s 15,000 employees in December last year. It introduces the company’s ambitious PLUS10 program, a lineup of ten value-adding components that will be consecutively grafted onto Swissport’s current product/service mix to strengthen customer loyalty and drum up new business. One of the components, christened GroundSpeed, is a pledge by Swissport to make up for operational delays and get the customer airline’s equipment back in the air faster rather than just adding the allotted groundtime to the actual time of arrival. "Going by the book is legitimate,” says In Albon, "but it propagates the delay. Conversely, gains on groundtime tran[more]

22.11.1999

  Zurich Airport, November 22, 1999 -Swissport International Ltd., the ground handling company of the SAirGroup, is to take over all the passenger and ramp handling activities of Aer Lingus at London's Heathrow Airport. The move, which follows the recent acquisition of DynAir and of equity holdings in Serlipsa of Peru and Miascor of the Philippines, along with the imminent commencement of its own ground handling services in Greece, marks a further step in Swissport's development into a global player in the ground handling market.   Swissport has been performing passenger handling at London's Heathrow Airport for three years now. In assuming responsibility for these Aer Lingus activities, Swissport International is also gaining access to the attractive ramp handling sector at Europe's bussiest airport. "Swissport UK will also be taking over all of Aer Lingus's one thousand or so highly-skilled ground handling personnel," adds Joseph In Albon, President & CEO of Swissport International. The Irish-based carrier currently provides ground services at Heathrow for 25 international airlines. It is planned to formalise the contract documentation by the end of November 1999. Swissport International continues to expand in Latin America, too. Having already established operations at nine airports in Brazil, the compan[more]

04.10.1999

One additional spot has just been added to the Swissport intercontinental network. Since end of September 1999, Swissport is now also active in Lima, Peru, at Jorge Chavez airport. This operation is the result of a 30% equity stake in Serlipsa, local groundhandling company in Lima. For the time being, the team of 104 employees performs ramp handling for major customers such as Avianca, Aeromexico, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Copa, Challenger, Cielos de Peru, Saeta and Servivensa.   For additional information, please contact Swissport Brasil Dieter Altenburger Phone +55 21 398 59 31 Fax +55 21 398 59 32 altenburger@swissport.com.br[more]

03.08.1999

As already communicated earlier (Press-Release July 13th, 99) Swissport International has submitted an acquisition proposal of DynAir what has now been successfully approved by the Board and Share-holders of the Alpha Airport Group Plc. in London. This significant step makes Swissport International to one of biggest and most important global Ground Handling Companies. The acquisition of DynAir is the win-win fulfilment of a vision and a strategy: a world-wide presence for Swissport based on excellence. The combined resources of DynAir USA and Swissport International will be a condensate of the "best of both worlds" in an ongoing effort to maximise overall performance and customer satisfaction: Some facts and figures: • serving some 322 customer Airlines • with more than 950'000 flights handled per year • based on 101 Airports all over the globe [more]

15.07.1999

cent holding in DynAir of the USA for a purchase price of USD 155 million (CHF 240 million). The acquisition of the Washington-based company, which is active at 55 US airports, would make Swissport International the biggest player in the world ground handling market and provide invaluable access to the key markets of the major US airport hubs. DynAir is currently owned by UK-based Alpha Airports Group Plc. Since the prospective seller is a publicly-quoted company, the transaction is subject to the approval of Alpha Airports shareholders under UK law. [more]

01.06.1999

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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