Recent News Releases
Swissport, on the occasion of the publication of its latest Sustainability Report today, has committed to further invest in environmentally friendly equipment. By 2025, the company aims to increase the share of electric vehicles in its fleet to at least 50% to further reduce its carbon footprint and to improve the direct working environment of its employees.
Swissport has been awarded a 5-year contract to perform load control services for all continental flights of Swiss International Air Lines. Swissport’s “Centralized Load Control” unit (CLC) will provide SWISS with some 21,000 load-sheets yearly across 47 airports.
Swissport International is developing its lounge business in the Asia-Pacific region. The first lounge under the Aspire brand will open at Perth Airport in Western Australia mid next year.
Swissport increased its revenue to EUR 1,526.0 million in the first half of 2019 compared to EUR 1,437.9 million in the first half of 2018 (plus 6.1%). The company’s revenue growth continued to be profitable with its operating EBITDA up 7.2% to EUR 121.9 million for the first six months of 2019 (EUR 113.7 million in the first half of 2018).
Swissport Group S.à r.l. (together with its subsidiaries, "Swissport") successfully closed and settled its debt refinancing. The refinancing includes EUR 410 million of senior secured notes, EUR 250 million of senior notes and a EUR 850 million term loan B facility. Swissport is using the net proceeds from the refinancing to repay existing debt.
Following the announcement of plans for a refinancing of certain outstanding debt of Swissport Group S.à r.l., an indirect parent company of Swissport International AG, Eric Born, President & CEO of Swissport International AG, agreed to extend his contract subject to the company’s successful completion of the debt refinancing.
Swissport Group S.à r.l. (together with its subsidiaries, "Swissport") intends to refinance some of Swissport’s outstanding debt. The anticipated proceeds from the refinancing are expected to be used to repay/redeem existing debt. Estimated revenue for the first half of 2019 increased to EUR 1,526.0 million compared to EUR 1,437.9 million in the first half of 2018 (or EUR 1,472.4 million in constant currency).
Swissport is investing in a state-of-the-art air cargo facility at Brussels Airport. While Brussels Airport Company is constructing the building, Swissport has signed a long-term lease and is investing several million euros in equipment and fittings for the new facility. The building will consist of a 25,000 sqm warehouse, a material handling system, office space and 3,620 sqm of end-to-end facilities in the new Swissport Pharma Center.
Swissport has appointed Dr. Peter Waller as Chief Financial Officer and member of Group Executive Management. He will succeed Dr. Christian Göseke, who notified Swissport of his desire to leave the company. Peter Waller will assume his duties on 1 September 2019.
Swissport International has opened its second air cargo warehouse at Vienna International Airport. The new cargo facility will have a surface of 2,100 square meters, bringing Swissport’s total cargo space to 7,000 square meters at Vienna International.