Swissport International (Swissport), provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation industry, has signed a five-year agreement with Saudi Airlines Cargo CO LLC (Saudia Cargo) for the handling of the airlines' Full Freighter Operations at the two key European Hubs Brussels and Amsterdam. The agreement with effect from 1st May 2014 covers the complete scope of cargo handling services including full freighter ramp and warehouse handling.
The new 5-year agreement between Saudia Cargo and Swissport is due to commence on 1st May 2014 and follows up on the long established cooperation between the two companies in the UK. Swissport is looking forward to providing the best quality services and processes to Saudia Cargo and its customers.
Nils Pries Knudsen, Head of Global Cargo at Swissport International, comments: "We are proud to be a strategic partner of Saudia Cargo and are looking forward to a close cooperation. We are convinced that we are in the right position to meet the handling needs of Saudia in Europe and will be a reliable and solid handling partner for this leading cargo carrier."
Mohammed Linjawi, VP Operations of Saudi Airlines Cargo, states: "Saudi Airlines Cargo is one of the fastest growing Air Cargo Carriers worldwide. At the same time we are continuously striving to improve efficiency and quality levels. Swissport Cargo shares theses values and we are looking forward towards extending the benefits to our customers."
Saudi Airlines Cargo Co. operates a fleet of 15 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia's flag carrier Saudia, spanning a rapidly expanding global network of 225 destinations. In addition to its scheduled freighter services, the cargo airline also provides cost-effective and practical worldwide charter flight solutions from a growing fleet of dedicated charter aircraft.
Swissport International Ltd. is the world´s largest provider of ground and cargo handling services in the aviation industry. The company provides ground services on behalf of some 700 client-companies and handles around 224 million passengers and 3.9 million flights per year. The company operates 120 warehouses and moves approx. 4.0 million tonnes of cargo. With a workforce of around 55,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 260 stations in 45 countries across five continents, and generates annual consolidated operating revenue of CHF 3 billion.