DHL to manage easyJet’s ground handling operations at Liverpool Airport

DHL to manage easyJet's ground handling operations at Liverpool Airport
DHL also provides easyJet's cabin cleaning services at Gatwick and Manchester airports (Image credit: DHL)

DHL Supply Chain has signed a new five-year contract to handle easyJet’s ground handling operations at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, it was announced last week.

The new contract expands the long-standing partnership between DHL and easyJet, which launched in 2017 when DHL was appointed to manage ground services at London Gatwick.

DHL will deliver check-in, bag drop, baggage logistics, gate management, aircraft loading, dispatch and pushback services for the budget airline at Liverpool Airport.

As part of the new contract, DHL will also introduce electric equipment, with a target of transitioning to a 90 per cent electric fleet by September 2024.

New equipment will include electric steps, belts and pushback tugs.

David Johnson, vice president of aviation and travel at DHL Supply Chain, said: “The past seven years have seen our partnership with easyJet develop significantly, and we are both proud and excited to see it expanding into a fourth major UK airport.

“We are committed to supporting easyJet with a flexible and evolving service that can match changing demands and pressures.

“By rolling out electric ground handling equipment at Liverpool Airport, we will also provide more sustainable solutions in line with our own GoGreen sustainability strategy.”

Ahead of the implementation of new electric equipment, the ground-handling team at Liverpool Airport will receive specialist training, forming part of a broader programme investing in upskilling colleagues.

Valerie Geramon, head of group operations delivery at easyJet, added: “Since the launch of our partnership, DHL has supported our priority of delivering a reliable and efficient service through its continuous innovation and close collaboration.

“We are delighted to be expanding our partnership at Liverpool John Lennon Airport to continue enhancing our customers’ experience.”

Under the new contract, DHL will also continue to manage easyJet’s operations at Bristol and Manchester airports until 2029.