Swissport International, the world’s largest provider of ground and cargo handling services in the aviation industry, and Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH announced the start of their new joint venture on 1 February: Swissport Cargo Services Graz GmbH, held by Swissport (51%) and Graz Airport (49%), with initially 12 employees will provide comprehensive cargo services, and is expected to handle about 10,000 tonnes of air freight per year on behalf of its airline and forwarding clients.
“Over the last months, we have been looking for a strong partner in order to better position our cargo business in the future”, DI Wolfgang Malik, Chairman of the Board of Holding Graz, and Mag. Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport, explain in a press conference. “Swissport is an ideal partner for us, and we are convinced forming a joint venture was the most sustainable and future-oriented solution for Graz Airport but also the economy of Styria.”
“Through our cooperation clients at Graz Airport will benefit from further improved quality standards paired with local know-how”, said Philipp Joeinig, Executive Vice President Europe Central, East, West Swissport International. “We are proud to offer high quality and innovative cargo services in the form of the new joint venture Swissport Cargo Services Graz.”
A clear benefit of the new joint venture Swissport Cargo Services Graz for airlines and logistics companies is its location on the premises of the airport, thus offering direct access and handling facilities for air cargo. The existing customer base and the experienced staff add to this, making the new service provider Swissport Cargo Services Graz ideally equipped to offer its customers the best possible service.
Facts and figures of Swssport Cargo Services Graz:
- 4.000 m² warehouse area
- 2.300 m² office space
- 2 truck docks 20ft/7 tonnes
- 3 pallet mounting positions
- slave pallet systems with ULD conveyors
- 3 pallet lift devices main deck
- 32 dollies and 6 fork lifts of different sizes
- 15 resident forwarders
- 2 airlines (AUA, Air France/KLM)
Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for around 230 million passengers and handles 4.1 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 835 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 61,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than
290 stations in 48 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of CHF 3 billion.