Swissport International has completed the acquisition of Belgian Airport Services (BAS). The Swiss company, a global leader in air cargo services, now owns 100% of BAS, increasing its total warehouse and handling capacity in Belgium by more than 40%.
Swissport is also expanding in the Netherlands with the addition of an air cargo center at Schiphol Airport. BAS is a young air cargo service provider with considerable business figures at Liege Airport. The two companies operate freight centers in Belgium with a combined capacity of 76,000 square meters, about half of which are located in Liege. Swissport also operates a 38,000-square-meter air cargo facility at Brussels Airport, including the state-of-the-art Swissport Medical Center.
Jan van Engelen, Head of Swissport Europe, said: “This makes Swissport an even stronger partner for airlines and freight forwarders in Liège and in Belgium as a whole. Swissport will continue to invest in developing its cargo business as a strategic pillar in Belgium and beyond. For example, the addition of an additional air cargo hub in Amsterdam has significantly increased our capacity at Schiphol."
With the acquisition of BAS, Swissport has gained a well-established customer portfolio of airlines and logistics service providers, including EL AL, Turkish Airlines, and Hongyuan Group.
BAS will initially operate as an independent business "to ensure consistency in service to its customers". Its operational leadership team will remain accountable and maintain employment and working conditions. At a later stage, services will be consolidated and consolidated under the Swissport brand.
“Cargo volumes have been soaring, so storage space is critical,” says Dimitri Bettoni, managing director of Swissport Belgium. "Belgium Airport Services is an excellent performer, operating a sizable airside cargo facility adjacent to our facility in Liege, plus two second-tier warehouses."
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