Swissport/Losch Launch At Munich

SWISSPORT AND its local partner Losch began their new joint ground handling operation at Munich on March 1.  The partners have already won contracts with German Wings, Spanair, Air Berlin, Air Dolomiti and Czech Airlines, with Continental Airlines being added from March 28 onwards.  The two companies say negotiations are also: “nearing completion with a number of further carriers” and issued a statement saying: “”Munich Airport has seen substantial (and favourable) developments on the ground handling front since the Swissport/Losch joint venture won an international tender process last November and secured a licence to provide ramp services at the airport from March 1.
“The six initial airline customers will provide Swissport/Losch with approximately 70 flight movements a day in the first two months alone.
“We’re very pleased with the ground handling arrangements that we’ll have right from the start of our Munich operations,” said Marcel Kägi, Airport Business Manager Zurich & Munich for Continental Airlines.  “We’re really looking forward to working with Swissport/Losch: we have a lot of confidence in them.  Swissport already has an excellent reputation throughout the handling sector; and we’re sure that the new company will be able to meet our high quality standards and provide us with an excellent ground handling service.”“
“I am delighted that we’ve already secured this vital start-up volume,” adds Marc Losch, co-CEO of the new joint-venture company.  “I’m also very optimistic about our new operation − not least because we have managed to recruit and train 100 skilled and qualified employees who were ready and waiting to start their work on March 1.  They will be joined by a further 100 staff in April, to help us handle the growth.  And all our operating personnel will enjoy all the rights and benefits of working under a collective labour agreement.”
Adrian Melliger, Swissport International’s Senior Vice President Ground Handling Switzerland & Germany, is equally positive about the new Munich operation, saying: “Our offer of an alternative handling solution has been very well received by the local airline community.  I’m confident that our Swissport/Losch business will continue to develop well.”