Santiago, Chile-based Sky Airline has awarded airport ground services and cargo handling specialist Swissport a five-year contract.
Swissport International has secured a major contract with Sky Airline, the first LCC in the Chilean market and the country’s second largest carrier. Effective April 2023, Swissport will provide ground services and cargo handling at all 15 airports Sky flies to in Chile. The portfolio includes serving passengers at check-in and gates, handling aircraft on the ramp, managing lost and found services, and loading and unloading cargo.
The new five-year contract sees Swissport adding 35,000 flights a year in Chile, representing 190% growth on its existing 19,000 flights. This increase makes it the new market leader in ground handling services in Chile.
“We are thrilled to have secured this significant contract with Sky Airline, which will establish Swissport as the leading service provider in Chile,” said Guillermo Alonso, managing director of Swissport in Mercosur (the South American trade bloc). “We look forward to expanding our operations in this dynamic market.”
In Chile, with approximately 800 employees, Swissport currently provides ground handling services at eight airports (Arica, Calama, Copiapó, Concepción, Temuco, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, and the largest Chilean hub, Santiago). With the start of the operations under the new contract, Swissport will expand its presence in Chile at seven additional airports (Iquique, Antofagasta, La Serena, Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt, Balmaceda).
Beyond Chile, Swissport offers its services to regional and international airlines in South America in Argentina (nine airports), Peru (eight airports), Uruguay (two airports), Ecuador (four airports) and Brazil (16 airports).