Swissport has begun providing ground services to airlines at Rome-Fiumicino Airport after successfully concluding consultations with trade unions in early July.
In the first five days since starting operations at Rome-Fiumicino on July 14, Swissport has already served 67,474 passengers and handled roughly 501 flights for various carriers.
After being awarded the ground handling business of Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A. in extraordinary administration – at Fiumicino Airport in May 2022, Swissport successfully concluded consultations with trade unions on July 4. Swissport will support ITA Airways and other airlines.
"At Swissport, we are honoured to be serving ITA Airways at their home base in Rome," said Warwick Brady, President & CEO of Swissport International AG. "Our market entry in Italy is of strategic importance to us in Europe and delivers on our ambitious global growth and acquisition plan. Serving the home carrier at Fiumicino gives us the local market lead and solidifies Swissport's position as the go-to airline partner for complex hub and large base operations, globally. In Italy, we plan to expand to Linate and other airports across the country."
Marina Bottelli, Swissport’s General Manager Italy commented: “After constructive consultations with trade unions, we are delighted to welcome 1,608 former Alitalia employees to the Italian Swissport team. We are excited to be serving ITA Airways, the Italian national airline, and other customer airlines with safe, cutting-edge and efficient ground services from day one and are well prepared for the busy summer holiday season.”