04.02.2016 10:40
Group picture at press conference.

Photo: Graz Airport from left to right: Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport; Philipp Joeinig, Executive Vice President Europe Central, East, West Swissport International Ltd; Wolfgang Malik, Chairman of the Board of Holding Graz – Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH; Dirk Schmitt, Managing Director of Swissport Cargo Services Deutschland GmbH.

Swissport and Graz Airport launch joint venture for air freight services

Zürich/Graz, 1/2/2016: Swissport International, the world’s largest ground handling and air freight service provider in the aviation industry, and Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH announce the launch of their newly established joint venture: Swissport Cargo Services Graz offers a wide range of cargo services and will handle an estimated 10,000 tons of air freight every year for its customers – airlines and freight forwarders.

A key advantage of the new joint venture company Swissport Cargo Services Graz for its airline customers and carriers is the location on the airport site, enabling direct access to and thus handling of air freight. The freight section at Graz Airport boasts leading-edge infrastructure and the right equipment for the job – together with the global expertise of Swissport, the new joint venture company Swissport Cargo Services Graz is excellently equipped to guarantee its customers the best possible service.

“We were looking for a strong partner for some time to improve the position of our freight service in future”, say Wolfgang Malik, Chairman of the Board of Holding Graz, and Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Flughafen Graz GmbH. “Swissport is not only the ideal partner, we are also convinced that founding our subsidiary is the most sustainable and forward-looking solution for us and for the Styrian business world.”

“Thanks to our cooperation our customers at Graz Airport will benefit from enhanced quality standards combined with local expertise”, says Philipp Joeinig, Executive Vice President Europe Central, East, West. “We are proud to offer high-quality and innovative cargo services in the form of our new joint venture company Swissport Cargo Services Graz.”

The cargo centre at Graz Airport:
Around twenty connections a day create the ideal conditions at Graz Airport to link the Styrian business region up with the global air freight network. The direct connection to the motorway and thus to Graz’s rolling highway terminal ensures a smooth, efficient interaction of all means of transport.

Graz Airport has one of the most modern, functional cargo infrastructures in the South-East Europe region. Thanks to this and the flexible team, we can effect transports to and from most European airports within twenty-four hours.

A break-down of the advantages

  • No slot limits
  • All relevant services directly on site
  • Efficient freight handling (physical handling and document handling) thanks to
    > Qualified staff,
    > Economical logistics planning,
    > Short transfer and dispatch times, and
    > Ideal transport links
  • CAT III / therefore no limitations caused by weather conditions
  • 4000m² storage space
  • 2300m² office space
  • 2 Truck docks 20ft/7 tons
  • 3 Pallet loading bays
  • Slave pallet system with ULD conveyor
  • 3 High-lift pallet jacks, main deck
  • 32 Dollies and 6 fork-lifts of different sizes
  • 15 Local freight forwarders
  • 2 Airlines (AUA, Air France/KLM)


Swissport International Ltd. operates for around 835 customers in the aviation industry. The company provides ground handling services for more than 230 million passengers, handling 4.1 million tons of freight every year. With around 61,000 members of staff, Swissport operates at more than 290 sites in 48 countries on five continents, achieving a consolidated turnover of CHF 3 billion. www.swissport.com

Graz Airport is Austria’s third-largest regional airport, with some 970,000 passengers a year. Thanks to the wide range of scheduled flights with connections to the major transfer airports Frankfurt, Vienna, Munich, Zürich, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Istanbul and a total of around fifty destinations on the summer flight plan, the airport has become a key business and tourism hub not only for Styria, but also for neighbouring Carinthia, southern Burgenland and Slovenia. www.flughafen-graz.at

For more details please contact:
Swissport International Ltd.
Sabine Fernández
VP Corporate Communications & Marketing
P.O. Box
CH-8058 Zürich-Flughafen
+41 (43) 815 00 15

Agency Contact for Swissport International Ltd.
Farner Consulting AG
Kurt Rossi
Oberdorfstrasse 21
CH-8001 Zurich
+41 (44) 266 67 22