In 2019, Swissport International AG provided best-in-class airport ground services for some 265 million airline passengers and handled roughly 4.6 million tons of air freight in 115 cargo warehouses worldwide. Several of its warehouses have been certified for pharmaceutical logistics by IATA’s CEIV Pharma and by the British MHRA. The world's leader in airport ground services and air cargo handling, with currently 45,600 employees, achieved consolidated operating revenue of 3.13 billion euros in 2019. At the end of September 2020, Swissport was active at 298 airports in 47 countries on six continents.
At Swissport we are focused on strengthening our market position and on ensuring we are constantly driving industry innovation in key areas such as service, quality and reliability.
In 2020, due to the global market collapse in the wake of Covid-19, Swissport served only some 82 million airline passengers (68.9 percent fewer than in 2019) and handled roughly 1.7 million flights (minus 59.0 percent versus prior year). The company handled 4.1 million tons of cargo at 115 airport cargo warehouses.
Swissport will be serving Air France-KLM Group in Saudi Arabia until 2025. The new contract expands the existing cooperation to all flights of all airlines of the French-Dutch airline group, including freighter services, to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Starting tomorrow, 7 January 2021, Swissport subsidiary Checkport Schweiz AG will be operating a PCR testing facility at Zurich Airport. The novelty: Enders Diagnostics’ PCR tests are carried out by saliva sample and not by nasal swab and the test result is available within only 5 hours, instead of 24 to 48 hours as with previous PCR tests.
Swissport has successfully completed its comprehensive financial restructuring. As part of a debt-for-equity swap, ownership of the company has been transferred from HNA Group to a group of financial investors led by the former senior secured lenders of Swissport. The new owners will appoint Christoph Mueller as future Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Swissport has been awarded a major long-term contract by the Lufthansa Group for Switzerland. The new contract secures significant business volumes. It covers passenger services and airport ramp handling for Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss Air at the airports in Zurich, Geneva and Basel.