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Swedavia takes over ground handling services at its regional airports

2014-07-03, kl. 10:18

Swedavia has reached an agreement with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) on the takeover of SAS Ground Handling (SGH)’s services at five regional airports. The agreement entails Swedavia assuming this responsibility at Kiruna Airport, Luleå Airport, Umeå Airport, Åre Östersund Airport and Ronneby Airport.

As early as 2009, Swedavia took over apron services at the Group’s regional airports from SGH. Now an agreement has also been reached on ground handling services, including check-in and boarding. Discussions concerning a takeover of operations from SGH were initiated in late 2013. According to the recently signed agreement, the formal takeover will take place on November 1.

“This is a further step in offering attractive, effective comprehensive solutions for passengers and airlines at our regional airports. By coordinating ground handling with our other airport services, we create attractive comprehensive solutions along solid business lines,” says Susanne Norman, director of regional airports at Swedavia.

“We have placed great emphasis on finding a partner that wants to develop flexible comprehensive solutions at the airports. We believe that this creates a cost-effective, attractive customer offering for our passengers. We are extremely pleased that Swedavia is safeguarding our employees, and we look forward to a good collaboration going forward,” says Kjetil Håbjørg, Vice President SAS Ground Operations.

The change at the five regional airports means that a total of some 50 SAS employees will be offered a transfer to Swedavia and that ground handling services will be coordinated with other Swedavia operations at those airports. This increases flexibility and efficiency, which is fully in line with Swedavia’s strategy to meet future needs for travel, meetings and business in a way that is sustainable in the long term.

“Our objective is to develop the airports. We want to create comprehensive solutions that result in even more efficient, competitive airports. Travel continues to grow, and we can best meet this trend with a more flexible organization,” notes Ms Norman at Swedavia. 

Facts

This is how many employees will be affected at each airport: Kiruna 7 employees, Luleå 14, Umeå 12, Åre Östersund 11, Ronneby 7.