Swissport and Lufthansa Cargo conclude major agreement for Amsterdam
Amsterdam/Zurich – Swissport International, the world’s leading airport ground and cargo handling company, has signed a cooperation agreement with Lufthansa Cargo, one of the world’s leading Aircargo Carriers, to provide airfreight handling services for the partner airlines of the Lufthansa Cargo Group (incl. Jade Cargo) at Amsterdam Airport for the next three years. Swissport Cargo Services has been selected following an extensive tender process, and should commence its new operations on 1 March.
Lufthansa Cargo began its search for the best possible provider of their airfreight handling services at Amsterdam last year. The invitation to tender attracted the interest of several major inter-national cargo handlers; and Swissport International has now emerged as the winner of the business concerned.
As a result, Swissport Cargo Services Netherlands will be meeting all of Lufthansa Cargo’s airfreight and ramp handling needs at Amsterdam Airport for a three-year period commencing on
1 March. The annual throughput involved is expected to amount to some 60 000 tonnes.
The new agreement helps further cement the positive business relations and long-standing collaboration between Swissport and the Lufthansa Cargo Group. “We’re delighted that our value-for-money services have prompted Lufthansa Cargo to choose Swissport as their new handling partner for Amsterdam,” says Jan van Anrooy, Managing Director of Swissport Cargo Services Netherlands.
“Professionals need professionals. We are glad that we found an experienced and reliable partner for the air cargo handling business in Amsterdam. Together we want to grow continuously at Europe’s third biggest cargo airport”, says Alexander Kohnen, Regional Manager BeNeLux Lufthansa Cargo.
Swissport Cargo Services currently operates at 80 stations around the world, handling 3.5 million tonnes of airfreight a year for over 300 customers. Amsterdam has been a key Swissport location for three years now. The local operation employs around 120 personnel, serves 15 customers and has already enjoyed sizeable business success.
Swissport International Ltd., which is owned by Ferrovial, a leading European infrastructure and service corporation based in Spain, provides ground services for over 70 million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 650 client companies. With its workforce of around 30 000 personnel, Swissport is active at 179 airports in 41 countries on five continents, and generated consolidated operating revenue of CHF 1.9 billion (EUR 1.3 billion or USD 1.8 billion) in 2007. www.swissport.com / www.ferrovial.com
Lufthansa Cargo AG ranks among the world’s leading cargo carriers. In the 2007 financial year, the airline transported more than 1.81 million tonnes of freight and mail, and clocked up 8.5 billion tonne-kilometres. The company currently employs about 4,600 people worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves some 300 destinations with its own fleet of freighters and also uses the belly capacities of Lufthansa’s passenger aircraft and road feeder services. The bulk of the freight transported by Lufthansa Cargo is trans-shipped through Frankfurt, Europe’s largest cargo airport. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary. In the 2007 financial year, it posted revenues totalling 2.74 billion euros. www.lufthansa-cargo.com
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