Menzies Aviation wins ground handling contracts across Europe

posted on 3rd January 2019 by Justin Burns

Ground handler Menzies Aviation has won a number of contracts with airlines operating in Europe notably in Scandinavia – expanding its footprint across the continent.

At Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Menzies will run ground handling operations for Latvia-headquartered airBaltic and will handle five flights per day for the low-cost carrier. Menzies also provides handling to airBaltic in Gothenburg, Nice and Oslo.

Menzies has also welcomed China Eastern, China’s second largest airline, as a customer to its Stockholm operations, following the launch of a route between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Stockholm Arlanda. Menzies will provide passenger and ramp handling services, as well as cleaning and lounge services at Stockholm Arlanda.

In addition, Menzies has been awarded a passenger and ramp handling contract by S7 Siberia Airlines at both Stockholm and Copenhagen. The win follows the airlines’ launch of direct routes from both airports to St Petersburg in Russia.

From this month, Menzies will take over Finnair’s operations at Copenhagen Airport. This new contract will see five daily flights added to Menzies’ Copenhagen operations, which will total 35 turns per week.

Outside of Scandinavia, Menzies has been awarded a contract by Czech Airlines, which sees it provide handling operations for an additional 16,000 flights per year at Prague Vaclav Havel Airport.

The airport has become the third biggest ground handling operation in the Menzies global network, and the second in Europe, behind Heathrow. Prague acts as Menzies Aviation HQ in Eastern Europe, offering a full suite of ground handling services to customers including easyJet, Ryanair Emirates, Lufthansa and Air Canada.

Menzies also renewed cargo contracts with two key customers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2018. FedEx renewed its ramp and cargo contract and Menzies continues to handle FedEx’s daily Freighter into Amsterdam.

Kalitta Air also renewed it contract for ramp handling, and in addition Menzies provides the airline with cargo handling, helping to improving the efficiency of Kalitta’s Amsterdam operations.

Menzies chief executive officer, Forsyth Black said: “The contract wins with Air Baltic, Siberia Airlines and China Eastern have helped to fuel our strategic expansion throughout the Scandinavian region.  In particular, it is pleasing to see growth at our Copenhagen station, which has gone from strength to strength since operations began in 2015.

“Our renewed contracts with cargo customers FedEx and Kalitta highlight the success of our new Cargo strategy and the great work our employees deliver to customers on the ground, demonstrating that Menzies Aviation is the leading premium brand in the aviation services sector.”