Swissport will be serving Air France-KLM Group in Saudi Arabia until 2025. The new contract also includes air cargo handling in addition to passenger services and ramp handling. The new agreement covers all airlines of the Air France-KLM Group, including KLM, Air France, Air France Cargo, Martinair and Transavia. The start of the expanded agreement is marked by a new KLM service from Amsterdam to Riyadh four times per week which is operated with Airbus A330 widebody aircraft.
The contract expansion supports Swissport’s growth strategy in the Middle East. Recently, Swissport had added Al-Qassim as a fourth airport to its portfolio in Saudi Arabia. Swissport has been present in Saudi Arabia since 2016 when it started operations in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.
“We are excited and honoured by the renewed confidence Air France-KLM puts in our business and our people in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, says Gerold Tumulka, CEO of Swissport Middle East. “By including all airlines of the group into the contract, we are the preferred partner for Air France-KLM in the region. We look forward to standing by their side through the market recovery and support them post-Covid as prospects get brighter.”