Swissport offers first class aviation ground services for airlines to fly high
- Present at 285 airports in 45 countries across six continents, Swissport offers ramp and air cargo handling, lounge hospitality, fuelling and passenger services
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Companies in the aviation sector – airlines, airports and service companies alike – expect the relaxation of global travel restrictions to spur a dynamic increase in passenger numbers and cargo volumes. As airlines are now preparing to restore their flight schedules to pre-pandemic levels, Swissport International has already established the groundwork to support their recovery with the most comprehensive airport ground services portfolios in the industry.
“Swissport enables aviation. Airlines know how to fly, but on the ground, they cannot deliver as cost-efficiently as we can. By leveraging our economies of scale at airports where we serve dozens of different carriers per day, we help airlines achieve cost savings as they focus on core operations and product, including preflight sales and in-flight experiences,” says Brad Moore, head of Australia and New Zealand/Asia.
Some 850 air carriers choose Swissport for their ground services needs. Present at 285 airports in 45 countries across six continents, Swissport offers airport ramp handling, air cargo handling, lounge hospitality, executive aviation, fuelling and passenger services.
Swissport handled 5.1 million metric tonnes of cargo last year, topping its pre-pandemic numbers of 4.6 million metric tonnes in 2019.
Continuing its growth trajectory, Swissport aspires to push this number even higher this year. The company served a staggering 265 million airline passengers in 2019 (pre-Covid-19) and is prepared to work towards this number again as international air travel picks up post-Covid-19.
As part of its global expansion, the company acquired Australian ground handling company Aerocare in 2018 and Australian No1 Lounges in 2021, leveraging its network, particularly in Asia – a region where Swissport sees significant growth opportunities.
With the No1 Lounges acquisition, Swissport is bringing the award-winning lounge experience to Asia by opening the first Aspire Lounge in Tokyo’s Narita International Airport this summer.
“Asia is one of the arenas where we seek above-market growth.
“Our plans, coupled with the region’s dynamic economies, create an ecosystem ripe for strong partnerships,” Moore says.