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  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]


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[more]


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]


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]


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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