Swissport International (Swissport), provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation industry, has welcomed the 5-year ground handling licence award for the three International Airports Constantine Mohamed Boudiaf, Batna Mostepha Ben Boulaid and Tlemcen Zenata Messali El Hadj. The new Ground Handling licenses, bestowed by the Etablissement de Gestion des Services Aéroportuaires (EGSA) Constantine and Oran mark another important milestone in Swissport's geographical expansion in Algeria and the whole of Africa.
Swissport will work jointly and closely with the respective airport authorities EGSA Constantine and Oran to ensure that the new ground handling licences for Constantine, Batna and Tlemcen airports will significantly benefit all three locations, as well as the Algerian aviation sector in general.
Swissport, known for its high quality ground services and respectable business relations and practices, has engaged with the involved stakeholders to ensure a perfectly organized and successful commencement of operations at Constantine, Batna and Tlemcen Airports. While operations in Constantine already started on 15 May 2014, the respective commencement of services in Batna and Tlemcen are scheduled for July 31st 2014. Swissport Algeria is committed to selecting, training and deploying qualified and motivated local handling staff, and has assigned an experienced management team to secure an efficient start-up for all three locations.
Juan José Andrés Alvez, Executive Vice President for Europe, Africa and Latin America at Swissport commented: "We value the trust the Algerian airport authorities expressed towards Swissport by awarding us these three new ground handling licenses. The fast growing Algerian aviation market offers a big potential, and we are proud of Swissport Algeria's expansion into both the Eastern and Western Algerian regions. We will spare no efforts to ready our organisation and resources, in order to meet the requirements of customer airlines and airport authorities alike, and to deliver service quality in-line with their expectations."
Swissport is fully dedicated to support and add value to Algeria's aviation industry and the broader national economy. Together with Swissport´s current operations in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Nigeria and Cameroon, the ground handling license for Constantine, Batna and Tlemcen airports will further strengthen Swissport's market position in Algeria and Africa.