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Swissport awarded ground handling business of Alitalia at Fiumicino

The company expands to Italy

 After being awarded the ground handling business of Alitalia –Società Aerea Italiana SpA in extraordinary administration– at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, Swissport has started preparations for the transition of operations. Granted successful consultations with the trade unions, Swissport will support ITA Airways, among others, with safe, cutting-edge and efficient services. 

It has been awarded the ground handling business at Rome-Fiumicino Airport, Italy, from Alitalia in extraordinary administration. In accordance with the regulatory framework, Swissport is preparing to start the consultation with the trade unions. Once the consultation proceedings have been completed, Swissport will take over the airport ground handling activities and employees shall be transferred from Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana SpA in extraordinary administration – to Swissport. 

Following the consultations with the unions, the company will define the best suitable date for a smooth passage of operations together with Alitalia. Supporting ITA Airways, the Italian national airline, and all other client airlines with safe, cutting-edge and efficient ground services from day one is the ambition shared by all parties involved. 

With Rome-Fiumicino, Swissport adds a top European business and leisure hub to its growing global network of airports and continues its rapid expansion. The market leader in aviation ground services, based in Zurich, Switzerland, provides some 850 airlines on six continents with a full suite of airport ground services and air cargo handling. In Europe, Swissport has been providing full hub management for world-class airlines at their home base, among others, at the airports in Zurich (Switzerland), Munich (Germany), and Helsinki (Finland). 

Its Country teams at Swissport are part of a global pool of Swissport aviation professional who benefit from the company's central governance and a standardized training curriculum. This enables the business to swiftly and reliably start up at any new airport or to take over airport service providers with no disruption to operations. 

Adding Italy to its global portfolio is a milestone in its expansion as a hub management expert, which has grown from a small local player in Switzerland into the global reference of aviation services in just over 25 years. It operates at 285 airports in 45 countries and continues to execute on an ambitious growth plan. 

In 2021, Swissport International provided best-in-class airport ground services for some 97 million airline passengers (pre COVID 2019: 265 million) and handled roughly 5.1 million tons of air freight (2019: 4.6 million) at over 100 air cargo centers worldwide. Several of its air cargo centers have been certified for pharmaceutical logistics by IATA’s CEIV Pharma and by the British MHRA. The world's reference in airport ground services and air cargo handling, with currently around 45,000 employees, was active at 285 airports in 45 countries on six continents at the end of 2021. 

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