SWISSPORT International, the world's leading provider of ground handling services to the aviation sector, has sealed an agreement with Africa's new low-cost carrier (LCC), Fastjet, under which the ground handler will provide services throughout the airline's network.
Swissport Tanzania Chief Executive Officer Gaudence Temu has hailed the business deal, saying the local subsidiary of the multinational firm has the capacity to efficiently serve the new client.
"We are delighted that Fastjet has entrusted Swissport International with their ground handling management in Africa...as for us, Swissport Tanzania, we are looking forward to providing superior, demand driven ground handling services," Mr Temu told the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.
He said Swissport Tanzania's personnel have been making preparations to handle the low cost concept and that they were now ready. Fastjet, Africa's first pan-continental LCC, has just launched operations in Tanzania's domestic market, with flights from its Dar es Salaam base to Kilimanjaro and Mwanza before it expands its network to the entire continent.
Under the partnership agreement, Swissport will supply a variety of airport services, be responsible for service delivery and support and supply chain growth throughout the Fastjet network.
A statement by Swissport International over the weekend quoted the firm's Executive Vice-President of Ground Handling for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, Mr Juan Jose Andres Alvez, as boasting of Swissport's unrivaled experience in handling LCC.
"Swissport has a huge experience with LCC handling in Europe and we look forward to assisting Fastjet in building up this model in Africa, supported by our knowledge and processes," he said, adding that the deal includes all of the logistics challenges in setting up a network of ground handling operations and management systems.
Fastjet Chief Executive Officer Ed Winter was optimistic that Swissport will deliver to expectations, "Swissport has a world-leading reputation and track record for providing high quality ground services to airlines around the world."
He said Fastjet, which creates a pan-continental African airline offering international standards of safety, quality, security and reliability, finds it inevitable to "have a handling partner that gives these qualities top priority and one that also matches our ambitious growth plans for Africa."
Swissport International provides ground services to about 116 million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of cargo, annually, on behalf of 650 client-companies in the aviation sector. With 39,000 employees, it's active at 195 stations in 38 countries on five continents.