Swissport International acquired a license for 15 airports in a global tender for airport ground handling services by the Moroccan airport operator, ONDA.
The new license has a term of seven years and is valid for Agadir, Al Hoceima, Casablanca, Dakhla, Errachidia, Essaouira, Fès, Laâyoune, Marrakech, Nador, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier and Tetouan airports. Swissport was awarded the license for two out of four lots (lots 2 and 3) and prevailed against half a dozen competitors.
Enthusing on the news was CEO, Swissport Morocco, Christophe de Figueiredo: “We are delighted with the trust that ONDA has placed in us. Since 2012, our service agents and ramp personnel have all been working with great dedication to exceed the high expectations of our airline clients in Morocco.
“This license renewal was earned by all of our staff. At our Moroccan locations, we will continue to invest in highly trained staff and deploy state-of-the-art equipment, many of which will be electrically powered to further improve our carbon footprintm” de Figueiredo added.
Swissport aims to convert the majority of its fleet of ground support equipment at Marrakech airport to electric propulsion by the year 2021. Under the new concessions, Swissport will invest over $20.7 million to renew its equipment of baggage carts, aircraft tow tractors and cargo loaders. The company recently revealed its plan to boost the share of electric vehicles in its global fleet to at least 50 per cent by 2025.
Swissport is the second largest airport ground services company in Morocco, following Royal Air Maroc, and serves a total of 22 airlines, including Air Arabia, Air Canada, British Airways, Easyjet, Lufthansa, Ryanair and TAP Air Portugal.