Swissport set to sell ground handling activities in France

posted on 23rd July 2018 by Justin Burns

Swissport International said it intends to sell its ground handling activities in France and the GH Team is reportedly interested in taking over to “ensure long-term continuity of activities”.

On 3-4 July, Swissport France Holding SAS and Servisair SAS informed the staff representatives of the four companies affected on the project and the consultation process with the Works Councils is now under way.

The planned sale affects activities currently carried out within Swissport France, Swissport Services CDG, Servisair France and Héraclès, but does not include Swissport Cargo Services or Swissport Executive Aviation Nice, which will remain part of Swissport.

Swissport said the sale is a strategic decision, taking into account in particular the growing economic pressure on ground handling activities particularly in Paris CDG.

GH Team, which is co-chaired by Christophe Le Borgne, the current CEO of Swissport in France, and Adrian Melliger, who until very recently held the position of senior vice president Europe South (six countries including France) for Swissport, made Swissport an offer to acquire its ground handling activities in France.

GH Team aims to perpetuate and expand its current activities with an ambitious development plan in a changing market that makes increased agility and adaptability essential.

Swissport International senior vice president, Dany Nasr said: “It lately was difficult for our Ground Handling operations in France to be profitable, and efforts to turn the station back into profitability have not been as successful as planned.

“As a responsible economic player, we have focused on finding a satisfactory solution, and the project led by GH Team combines all the necessary conditions: a solid business plan, and strong knowledge and expertise.”