Iberia Airport Services (IAS) has won a total of 17 licences for supplying handling services to Spanish airports according to the bid results announced by AENA, the Spanish airport authority, on May 13. The company had bid for 20.
IAS has won licences for third party ramp services in Madrid, Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga, Alicante, Asturias, Bilbao, Girona, Minorca, Reus, Santiago de Compostela, both airports in Tenerife, Ibiza, Gran Canaria, as well as two of three lots of smaller airports including the airports in La Coruña, Leon, Pamplona, Santander, San Sebastian, Vigo, Vitoria, Albacete, Badajoz, Cordoba, Granada, Jerez, La Palma and Melilla.
Angel Marcos, Iberia’s Airports director, said: “This is a great outcome for Iberia and it reflects the efforts made by the airline and its employees to offer very competitive bids with an excellent quality-price ratio. Iberia is Spain’s largest handling operator, with the greatest experience and versatility, and now with costs that enable us to compete against any other operator.”
He also added: “I would like to thank our employees for their commitment to ensure the viability of this business line, and to its customers for their loyalty, which Iberia trusts it can rely on in the future.”
A new labour agreement of the airport handling sector guarantees the jobs of employees at airports where their companies’ handling licences are not renewed. Such workers will be reassigned to the operators that have won the bids. Iberia says it will work closely with AENA and other handling operators to ensure that this process is carried out in the most professional manner, guaranteeing workers’ rights and the best attention to customer airlines.