Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has signed a ground handling services contract with Swissport Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary of Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground and air cargo services to the aviation industry. Under the agreement, Swissport Saudi Arabia provides ground handling services for Gulf Air’s Saudi operations at the King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Bahrain News Agenciy (BNA) reported.
Swissport Saudi Arabia provides Gulf Air with comprehensive ground handling services including passenger and ramp handling, baggage services, operations coordination and load control. The agreement with Gulf Air followed a rigorous selection process, making Bahrain’s national carrier the second Gulf carrier to appoint Swissport Saudi Arabia for its ground handling services in the Kingdom.
Gulf Air started operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 40 cities in 23 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport.
Bahrain’s national carrier offers more than 90 weekly flights to 5 destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to regularly providing seasonal frequency and schedule enhancements that cater to greater passenger movement to and from the Kingdom.
Swissport Saudi Arabia’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Thomas Bommer, said, “We are proud to be able to assist Gulf Air with professional ground handling services. A key feature of the collaboration with Gulf Air will be a high degree of customer focus and innovation that we intend to bring to the operation. We see a great potential for continuing to expand this partnership in the future as well.”
To facilitate its services across the Kingdom, Swissport Saudi Arabia has brought in a sizeable number of ground support equipment and recruited additional 250 experienced aviation staff, besides strengthening the current setup with a number of key position appointments.
Traditional Arabian hospitality
Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for around 230 million passengers and handles 4.1 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 835 client-companies in the aviation sector worldwide. With a workforce of around 61,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 280 stations in 48 countries across five continents and generates consolidated operating revenue of CHF 3.0 billion.
Gulf Air serves all its destinations with a combination of wide and narrow body fleet totalling 28 modern aircraft. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline’s signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.
Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom’s on-going economic growth.
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