Menzies Aviation has announced several European contract wins.
At Stockholm Arlanda, Menzies has been contracted to deliver ground handling operations for Air Baltic. The contract marks the first time Menzies Aviation and Air Baltic have worked together at Arlanda, where the ground handler will handle five flights per day for the Latvian low-cost carrier. Menzies also provides ground handling operations to Air Baltic in Gothenburg, Nice and Oslo.
Menzies Aviation has also added China Eastern to its Stockholm clients following the launch of the airline’s direct route between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Stockholm. Menzies will provide passenger and ramp handling services, as well as cleaning and lounge services at Arlanda.
In addition, Menzies has been awarded a passenger and ramp handling contract by Siberia airlines at both Stockholm and Copenhagen. The win follows the airlines’ launch of direct routes from both airports to St Petersburg in Russia.
From January 2019, Menzies will take over Finnair’s operations at Copenhagen airport. This new contract will add five daily flights to Menzies’ Copenhagen operations, which will total 35 turnarounds per week.
Outside of Scandinavia, Menzies has been awarded a contract by Czech Airlines to provide handling operations for an additional 16,000 flights per year at Prague Vaclav Havel Airport. The airport becomes the third biggest ground handling operation in the Menzies global network, and the second in Europe, behind Heathrow. Prague Vaclav Havel Airport now acts as Menzies Aviation HQ in Eastern Europe, providing ground handling services to customers including easyJet, Ryanair Emirates, Lufthansa and Air Canada.
Menzies also renewed cargo contracts with two key customers at Amsterdam Schiphol in 2018. FedEx renewed its ramp and cargo contract and Menzies continues to handle FedEx’s daily Freighter into Amsterdam. American based cargo carrier Kalitta Air also renewed it contract for ramp handling, and Menzies also provides the airline with cargo handling.
Forsyth Black, CEO said: “The contract wins with Air Baltic, Siberia Airlines and China Eastern have helped to fuel our strategic expansion throughout the Scandinavian region. In particular, it is pleasing to see growth at our Copenhagen station, which has gone from strength to strength since operations began in 2015.”