Swissport pushing ahead with integraton of Aerocare in Australasia

posted on 19th July 2018 by Justin Burns
Swissport pushing ahead with integraton of Aerocare in Australasia

Swissport International said it is successfully pushing ahead with the integration of the Aerocare organization in Australia and New Zealand.

Following the acquisition in March 2018, the registered company name was changed to Swissport Australia as confirmed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Earlier this week, Swissport International group president and chief executive officer, Eric Born, and group chief operations officer, Joe Phelan unveiled the new Swissport branding to staff, customers and partners at Sydney Airport.

“Today, the integration of Aerocare into Swissport’s global network is becoming visible in Australia and New Zealand,” said Born. “Together with the Aerocare management, we are advancing with the integration according to our plan and we look forward to joint future business ventures in Australia, New Zealand and in the greater Asia Pacific region.”

The re-branding at Sydney Airport marks the start of a gradual changeover. Swissport plans to complete the conversion of all Aerocare airport locations by the end of 2018. In addition to logos and ground service equipment at airports, a total of around 26,000 uniform parts for employees will be replaced.

“Swissport International is starting the global roll-out of its next-generation uniforms this year and our Aerocare colleagues here in Sydney will be the very first to receive the new Swissport uniforms”, said Phelan.

The integration of Aerocare as Swissport Australia is a key milestone in the execution of Swissport’s global growth strategy: First, the focus will be on Australia/New Zealand. Second the focus will then be on using the new presence of Swissport in Australia and New Zealand to propel growth in the greater Asia Pacific region, both with Ground Handling and Cargo Handling Services.

Founded in 1992, Aerocare has become the market leader in the region. It employs more than 3’000 staff and provides services to major domestic and international airlines in Australia and New Zealand.

The company manages more than 160’000 flights and serves some 15 million passengers annually. This adds roughly six per cent to Swissport’s overall volume of passengers served, which stood at 250 million annually, prior to the acquisition of Aerocare, and increased to some 265 million including Aerocare.