Menzies Aviation has been awarded seven ground handling licenses by the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA), in a landmark tender spanning 41 licenses at 43 airports.

The largest ground handling tender in the world, estimated to be worth more than €5bn, saw Menzies enter a competitive tender process that has led to the firm becoming one of the main ground services partners in Spain.  

Menzies has been awarded ground handling licenses for Barcelona (BCN), Palma Mallorca (PMI), Malaga (AGP), Alicante (ALC), Gran Canaria (LPA), Tenerife Sur (TFS) and Tenerife Norte (TFN) airports. The seven-year licenses will see Menzies provide full ramp and passenger services at these airports from early 2024 to 2031.  

Menzies will invest in equipment, employees and facilities to enhance safety, sustainability and performance, such as: upskilling new employees, investing in brand-new electric ground service equipment (GSE), equipped with telematics and state of the art safety devices, delivering a clear road map for a new-generation digital aircraft turnaround, and ensuring operational IT systems are connected and integrated with airport and airline IT platforms. 

The company has been operating in Spain since 2004 and will continue to provide passenger services at a further seven airports.  

Miguel Gomez, executive vice president Europe, Menzies Aviation, said: “These stations will complement our existing operations across Europe, which now includes 51 airports in 16 countries, and follows successful acquisitions and partnerships in Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria and Italy.  

“We look forward to welcoming new colleagues to the Menzies team and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and career goals. We recently agreed a new labour agreement with the main unions in Spain, which complements the handling sector’s collective bargaining agreement, creating a great platform for success.” 

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