Swissport has appointed David Konradi as Head of Swissport Losch, a joint-venture operation providing ground services at Munich airport. He will succeed Corinna Bachmann, who has decided to leave the company. David Konradi will assume his role on 1 May 2020.
Swissport will work with Unilode and Descartes to track and monitor Unit Load Devices (ULD) using Bluetooth technology at its cargo warehouses. The cargo handling division will equip its 115 cargo warehouses with tracking sensors during 2020.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded Swissport’s warehouse operations in Nairobi with the CEIV certificate for pharmaceutical logistics. CEIV is IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators. Swissport is the first globally operating air cargo handler to receive the CEIV Pharma certification for a facility in Africa.
Swissport is further expanding its airport lounge business in Canada. Today, the Swiss market leader for airport ground services and air cargo handling opened its 49th airport lounge under its Aspire brand at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
Swissport Executive Aviation, a subsidiary of Swissport International AG, is further expanding its business in Morocco. After establishing its first Moroccan fixed-base operation (FBO) for business and executive aviation in Casablanca in 2018, Swissport now moved into a dedicated VIP terminal at Marrakech Menara Airport, which opened on 1 February 2020.
Air Tanzania has commissioned Swissport to handle their entire hub operation at the airports of Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro. The new agreement includes a comprehensive service catalogue for Airport Ground Services, Air Cargo Handling and Aviation Security.
Swissport’s large-scale launch of its first cargo business in Australia is officially underway following the signing of a lease agreement for a brand-new air cargo facility at Melbourne Airport, with other locations to be announced early this year.
Swissport and Lufthansa signed a 5-year contract for cargo handling at Brussels and Liège airports. The agreement covers Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines.
Swissport International is further expanding its lounge business in Europe. Since September alone, three new Aspire lounges were opened at the UK airports of London Gatwick, Edinburgh and now Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Swissport International has appointed Rudolf Steiner as Head of Cargo EMEA. Mark Skinner becomes Head of Business Development & Sales EMEA. By appointing dedicated managers for its Air Cargo and the Ground Services businesses, Swissport strengthens its customer centricity further. They both assume their new roles on 1 November 2019.