Swissport International is moving out of Berlin Tegel and Berlin Schönefeld as it looks to expand ground handling and cargo operations at the newly opened Berlin Brandenburg Airport from 31 October.
Cargo operations at Berlin Tegel will relocate to a new air cargo facility at Berlin Brandenburg starting 9 November. This includes general and special freight handling, express services and freight forwarding.
The 2,100–square–metre warehouse has around 60 percent more space compared to the Tegel facility, Swissport noted, with dual-view X-ray technology to make security processes for air cargo handling more efficient.
Meanwhile, Swissport will provide airport ground services including passenger services and ramp handling at terminals 1 and 5.
With 200 employees at both former airports, Swissport saw roughly 3.3 million airline passengers in 2019, and the air cargo handling division handled more than 18,000 tonnes of air cargo.
“We are very pleased to finally start serving our airline customers at the new terminals at Berlin Brandenburg Airport,” says Willy Ruf, senior vice president Central Europe of Swissport. “It took longer than expected, but as BER opens to business we are looking at a beautiful new airport and gateway to the German capital.”
On 6 November, an Egypt Air Berlin-Cairo service will be the first flight handled by Swissport at BER. Two new customers, Air Baltic and Aegean, will also start working with the ground handler.
“At Swissport, we are especially looking forward to more space that will enable us to provide our services more efficiently,” says Carsten Zuberbier, managing director at Swissport Berlin. “The new facilities will allow us to write another successful chapter with our partner airlines and to grow with potential new customers both in the areas of airport ground services and air cargo handling.”
Reports say Berlin Tegel is scheduled to close on 8 November, whilst Berlin Schönefeld decommissioned since 25 October.