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Swissport grows footprint in North America

July 18, 2013, Dulles, Va. - Swissport International has recently been awarded significant new business in its North America region. Among agreements concluded in 2013 are service contracts with domestic U.S. carriers as well as with international carriers.

July 18, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

Joe Phelan, EVP Swissport North America and Asia explains: “The growth strategy we have outlined for the US market is to bring our high quality products and service to the U.S. domestic carriers, while remaining cost competitive in the process, thus providing the market with a superior value proposition.”

Swissport USA, Inc. has recently inaugurated ground handling services at a series of new stations in its North America region with U.S. domestic Carriers. “We modified our approach, provide a value based pricing structure for the US Domestic carrier market and the results have been very positive”, according to Roger Larreur, Swissport USA, senior vice president, sales and marketing. Among them, Swissport USA has initiated a new business partnership with Virgin America with a three year agreement to provide ramp handling services at Los Angeles International Airport, the 2nd largest hub in the Virgin America network. With handling agreements at Los Angeles, Anchorage (passenger and ramp) and Boston (ramp), Swissport now operates at three U.S. stations for Virgin America.

Frontier Airlines: Swissport was awarded three year contracts for ramp and passenger services in seven U.S. markets (SNA, OMA, STL, CLE, ABQ, SFO, LAX) in 2013, of which four markets are new for Swissport USA. In a joint operation with sister company Hallmark Aviation, Swissport today provides Frontier Airlines with services in nine markets in the US, including Chicago and Anchorage, which were won in late 2012.

USAir: Swissport was awarded ramp handling contracts in two new markets for Swissport of (DAY) Dayton, Ohio and (PWM) Portland, Maine.


American Airlines: Swissport has awarded a 3 year contract to provide ancillary passenger service functions at Miami International hub.

Additionally, Swissport recently won passenger service handling for Air France/KLM at Toronto Pearson International Airport, for COPA at Miami International Airport, and for Lufthansa and Swiss at Los Angeles International Airport. The company was also awarded ramp handling services in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood for Caribbean Airlines, and JetAirways in Toronto, the first contract for this client in North America.


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