Swissport’s launch of its first cargo business in Australia is underway following the signing of a lease agreement for a brand-new air cargo facility at Melbourne Airport (IATA: MEL).
The company has signed an initial seven-year lease on a new building with warehouse space and the fit-out process is said to be well under way. The facility is due to open in the third quarter of 2020 and will be equipped to handle general cargo, animals, pharmaceuticals and perishables. Swissport added that further locations across Australia will be announced soon.
Melbourne Airport senior property development manager, Gavin Potts, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Swissport to Melbourne Airport’s Business Park. The new facility joins other industrial leaders in benefiting from 24/7 air freight opportunities, round the clock security and unrivalled proximity to arterial road networks.”
Glenn Rutherford, Swissport executive vice president Asia-Pacific, commented: “With this launch we bring a fresh approach and a more competitive offer to a market that has not seen a new entrant for more than 20 years. Swissport has industry leading processes, training and systems built up across more than 300 sites worldwide over our 25-year history and we will provide a nimble service model designed to better meet customer requirements and deliver on both price and service. We are excited to serve new customers in Australia and look forward to adding Australia to our global cargo network for our existing global customers.”
Swissport has also announced Chris Doyle as its new general manager cargo – Pacific.