Swissport Wins Big Contract in Saudi Arabia
With a 5-year commitment from French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM in Saudi Arabia, Swissport further strengthens its presence on the Arabian peninsula.
The new contract is valid until the end of 2025 and now also includes air cargo handling in addition to passenger services and ramp handling.
The new agreement covers all airlines of the Air France-KLM Group, including KLM, Air France, Air France Cargo, Martinair and Transavia.
The contract expansion supports Swissport’s growth strategy in the Middle East. Just recently, Swissport had added Al-Qassim as a fourth airport to its portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Overall, Swissport has been present in Saudi Arabia since 2016 when it started operations in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.
Swissport has since gradually developed its business from a greenfield start-up into an established organization with a broad customer base of established regional airlines and well-known international carriers.
Gerold Tumulka, CEO of Swissport Middle East said: “We are excited and honored by the renewed confidence Air France-KLM puts in our business and our people in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“By including all airlines of the group into the contract, we are the preferred partner for Air France-KLM in the region. We look forward to standing by their side through the market recovery and support them post-Covid as prospects get brighter.”
Swissport Middle East is also operating in Oman together with its partner Al Jarwani Group, which holds 30% of the joint venture.
Since the start of Omani operations in 2017, Swissport Oman has rapidly grown its customer portfolio, too, positioning it as a reliable airport service provider for regional and international carriers alike.
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