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Cobalt and Swissport enter ground-handling agreement

Cobalt, the Cyprus-based airline, said it entered a ground handling agreement which will extend to 11 of the 12 airports included in its flight programme scheduled to begin next month, with Swissport Cyprus, a unit of the Zurich-based Swissport International.

Cobalt logoCobalt, which in February said that it secured a capital injection from an unnamed Hong Kong-based investor and declared itself as “Cyprus’s new national carrier,” “chose Swissport to provide the airline with comprehensive ground handling services including passenger and ramp handling, baggage services, operations coordination and load control,” the airline said.

The airports include London Stansted Airport, East Midlands Airport, Manchester Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Dublin Airport, Cobalt said. The agreement will also four Greek airports, Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport near Athens and Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport plus Crete’s Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport and Chania International Airport, and Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

Swissport will provide ground handling also at the Larnaca International Airport, Cobalt said.

“We believe Swissport understands our brand values,” Cobalt chief executive officer Andrew Pyne was quoted as saying in the statement. “Our vision is to respect our guests and assist them with every part of their journey, of which the airport is a large part, and to champion our brand values throughout Europe and deliver top class service, ensuring operational excellence, on-time performance, and customer support.”

Swissport’s Cyprus CEO Lothar Kilchenmann added that “the network cooperation is an important achievement for us, and enables us to remain the preferred supplier”.

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