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Month: December 2018

SWISSPORT ACCELERATES ITS EXPANSION IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Swissport is further expanding its business in the Middle East with new contracts from the Dutch airline KLM and the largest Indian carrier IndiGo. The Swiss aviation services company, global market leader of airport ground services and cargo handling, will provide KLM with ground handling services in Dammam. IndiGo will initially be handled by Swissport at Jeddah, followed by Dammam and Riyadh.

As of 1 February 2019, Swissport will be providing the full range of ground services from passenger services to ramp operations to the Dutch airline KLM for its ten weekly flights at King-Fahd airport in Dammam (DMM). Swissport will serve KLM’s Airbus A330 widebody aircraft during the stopovers of flights between the Dutch metropolis of Amsterdam and Muscat, the capital of Oman. With KLM, the first major European carrier has opted for Swissport’s Saudi affiliate.

As of 15 March 2019, Swissport will handle IndiGo’s daily flights at Jeddah, followed by Dammam in April and Riyadh in September, supporting the carrier’s rapid growth in the region. IndiGo is a private-owned carrier with a hub in the Indian capital of Delhi. With a fleet of currently 195 Airbus A320 family aircraft, which is to grow to 250 aircraft the near future, IndiGo has become the largest Indian carrier.

“With KLM and IndiGo Swissport is adding two prominent names to its growing client portfolio in the Middle East. Our businesses in Saudi Arabia and Oman have developed from two greenfield start-ups into established organizations in just a couple of years”, says Nils Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer of Swissport International AG. “These latest wins further consolidate our position as a high-quality service provider on the Arabian Peninsula and form a solid base for further growth”, adds Mark Skinner, Swissport’s Senior Vice President Middle East & Africa.

In addition to the new business with KLM and IndiGo, Swissport recently commenced operations with Fly Dubai, Jordan Aviation, Fly Baghdad and Sun Express for airport ground services at the Saudi port city of Jeddah and has already started serving them. Fly Jordan, a second Jordanian airline to be handled by Swissport, will launch a Jeddah service early 2019. On 1 January 2019, Swissport will also start serving SalamAir of Oman at Muscat International Airport.

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Swissport International AG, on behalf of more than 850 client-companies, provides best-in-class airport ground services for some 265 million passengers annually and handles approximately 4.7 million tons of air cargo at 122 warehouses world-wide. Several of its warehouses have been certified for Pharmaceutical Logistics by IATA’s CEIV. With a workforce of some 68,000, the world’s leading provider of airport ground services and cargo handling, is active at 300 airports in 50 countries on six continents. In 2017 the Group generated consolidated operating revenue of EUR 2.8 billion.

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SWISSPORT SIGNS AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE AEROCARE AND ENTER GROWING AUSTRALASIAN MARKET

Swissport Group (“Swissport” or “the Group”), the global market leader in ground and cargo handling services, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an unconditional agreement to acquire Aerocare, the number one ground handling operator in Australia and New Zealand, and its subsidiary companies, Skycare, Carbridge, and EasyCart (the “Acquisition”), from Archer Capital and Aerocare management. Financial terms of the Acquisition were not disclosed.

As the largest ground handler in Australia and New Zealand and the regional leader in flight support services, Aerocare currently serves 36 airports and manages over 160,000 flights and 15 million passengers annually. The acquisition of Aerocare brings significant strategic benefits to Swissport, namely:

  • It expands the Group’s international footprint into the Australasian market.

  • It delivers a key platform for the company to strategically expand its reach into the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market, complementing a specific focus on entry into China, and to achieve further global growth.

  • It has a highly capable management team, focused on delivering safe, best-in-class services – matching Swissport’s own exacting standards.

  • It brings to Swissport a comprehensive blue-chip customer base that has experienced impressive growth in recent years.

 

Eric Born, President & CEO of Swissport, commented:

“Aerocare has an impressive track record and is the market leader in a region where we anticipate continued growth in the coming years. It perfectly complements our strategic priorities for growth and operational excellence, and we are delighted to have the Aerocare team joining Swissport.”

Glenn Rutherford, CEO of Aerocare, commented:

“We are very excited to become part of the Swissport Group. We have devoted a lot of time and effort into building a safety- and customer-focused business, sharing the same high values as Swissport.

“I want to thank all of our staff for their continued efforts as we enter this exciting new phase.”

Adam Tan, HNA Group CEO and Chair of Swissport, commented:

“This is an exciting and highly strategic acquisition for Swissport, a core holding of HNA Group, and is indicative of the types of strategic investments that Swissport and HNA will continue to seek and complete, in order to grow our global network of businesses. Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to our international investments and to helping our portfolio companies grow and prosper.”

Following the closing of the acquisition in the coming weeks, Swissport will invest to further grow and enhance Aerocare’s operations and employee base, and Aerocare’s management team will continue to lead the Aerocare business from its Australian headquarters.

 

Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for more than 230 million passengers and handles 4.3 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 835 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of more than 62,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 280 stations in 48 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of EUR 2.7 billion. www.swissport.com

 

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SWISSPORT WINS SALAM AIR GROUND HANDLING BUSINESS IN MUSCAT, OMAN

SalamAir of Oman has signed a five-year contract with Swissport for hub handling at Muscat International Airport. As of 1 January 2019, the Swiss Aviation Services company, global market leader of airport ground services and cargo handling, will provide the Omani carrier with a full range of services, from passenger services to ramp operations.

At the Omani capital, Swissport will handle the low-cost carrier’s flights to currently three domestic and eleven international destinations in nine countries. The carrier is currently operating four Airbus A320 aircraft from its hub in Muscat, with five additional aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2019. In addition to the hub services at Muscat International Airport, Swissport has already started to handle SalamAir’s daily flights at the private airport of Mukhaizna (UKH) in the Omani desert.

“We are delighted that SalamAir has chosen Swissport to serve its valued customers at Muscat International”, says Nils Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer of Swissport International AG. “In 2017, when we started up in Muscat, Oman was a greenfield site for us. We are proud of how quickly we established the Swissport operating standards, delivering the quality services our clients trust.”

Adding SalamAir to its growing portfolio of high-profile customers in Oman is another milestone for Swissport since starting up operations in the Middle East. The agreement underlines the company’s position as a high-quality service provider and supports its own growth ambitions in the region.

“We are proud to provide hub handling services to this fast growing airline in the sultanate of Oman”, states Mark Skinner, Swissport’s Senior Vice President Middle East & Africa. “Swissport is committed to fulfil and surpass SalamAir’s high expectations regarding on-time performance and quality.”

Swissport entered the Omani market in April 2017 together with its joint venture partner Al Jarwani Group, which holds 30% of the shares. Swissport Oman rapidly grew its customer portfolio, which today includes flydubai, Air Arabia, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, Air New Zealand and now SalamAir.

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Swissport International AG, on behalf of more than 850 client-companies, provides best-in-class airport ground services for some 265 million passengers annually and handles approximately 4.7 million tons of air cargo at 122 warehouses worldwide. With a workforce of some 68,000, the world’s leading provider of ground services and air cargo handling, is active at over 300 airports in 50 countries on six continents. In 2017 the Group generated consolidated operating revenue of EUR 2.8 billion.

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Swissport International AG
Group Communications
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corporate.communications@swissport.com
+41 43 815 00 22