Swissport International increased the number of passengers served on behalf of its airline clients to some 250 million – an 8.7 per cent rise on 2016.
The number of passengers climbed by 20 million in 2017 and at year-end, the Swiss company was present at 279 airports in 48 countries around the globe.
Swissport increased total revenue to CHF 3.1 billion in 2017 ($3.2bn) (up 6.4 per cent on 2016). In the Cargo segment, revenue amounted to CHF 0.6bn (up 9.2 per cent) and for the Ground Handling segment, the company reported revenue of CHF 2.5bn (up 5.7 per cent).
President and chief executive officer, Eric Born said : “2017 was another successful year for Swissport. We achieved our revenue and profitability targets and grew organically through the conclusion of new client contracts and market entries; most recently in Saudi Arabia and Oman.
“With the acquisition of Aerocare this month, we also set the strategic foundation for future growth in the Asia Pacific region.”
Aerocare the ground handler in Australia and New Zealand, will add 36 airports to the network of Swissport. Aerocare will contribute 15 million passengers, lifting the number of passengers served by Swissport to 265 million annually.
Swissport is now present at 315 airports in 50 countries.