Swissport to Sell its Ground Handling Activities in France

swissport loading-1_rgbSwissport France Holding SAS and Servisair SAS, both part of the Swissport Group, has announced the intention to sell its ground handling activities in France to GH Team.  On July 3 and 4, Swissport France Holding SAS and Servisair SAS informed the staff representatives of the four companies affected by this project and the consultation process with the Works Councils is now under way.

The planned sale affects activities that are currently carried out within Swissport France, Swissport Services CDG, Servisair France and Héraclès, but does not include Swissport Cargo Services or Swissport Executive Aviation Nice, which will remain part of Swissport.  This sale is a strategic decision for Swissport, taking into account in particular the growing economic pressure on ground handling activities particularly in Paris CDG. GH Team, which is co-chaired by Christophe Le Borgne, the current CEO of Swissport in France, and Adrian Melliger, who until very recently held the position of Senior Vice President Europe South (six countries including France) for Swissport, made Swisport an offer to acquire its ground handling activities in France.  GH Team says it aims to: “perpetuate and expand its current activities with an ambitious development plan in a changing market that makes increased agility and adaptability essential.”

Dany Nasr, Senior Vice-President of Swissport International commented: “lately it was difficult for our ground handling operations in France to be profitable, and efforts to turn the station back into profitability have not been as successful as planned.  As a responsible economic player, we have focused on finding a satisfactory solution, and the project led by GH Team combines all the necessary conditions: a solid business plan, and strong knowledge and expertise.”