Swissport has been awarded a new five-year ground handling contract by long-term partner easyJet to continue delivering its operations at Belfast International Airport from March 2019.
The company will provide passenger and baggage handling services as well as aircraft de-icing for nearly five million passengers (4.9m) during the 2019 financial year. Swissport will be responsible for ramp handling for over 16,500 easyJet flights a year servicing 35 routes from Northern Ireland‘s largest airport.
The contract win further strengthens the partnership between easyJet and Swissport and follows soon after the recent new contract award at Liverpool. Swissport now provides ground services to easyJet at 19 airports in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, Morocco and Israel.
easyJet head of ground ops in the UK and Europe, Alberto Santamarta said: “The Swissport team has been providing a high level of service for easyJet at Belfast International for the last five years and we are delighted to be extending our partnership into a new contract term.
“As the largest airline in Belfast International it’s important that we can count on a high-level of consistent service from our partners and for our valued customers.”
Swissport executive vice president for EMEA, Luzius Wirth said: “We’re very proud of the consistent and quality service provided by Swissport to easyJet across our network. The renewal of our partnership with easyJet in Belfast is testimony to the hard work and dedication shown every day by our team.
“We now look forward to enhancing our business further with exciting new innovations and product enhancements that will further optimise our performance for both easyJet and its customers.”
Award of the contract follows news that Swissport increased the number of passengers handled on behalf of its airline clients to 132 million in the first half of 2018, up 10 per cent on 2017.