Oman’s SalamAir has announced the signing of a five-year contract with Swissport, who has been selected to deliver hub handling services at Muscat International Airport. Beginning from the 1 January 2019, the Swiss Aviation Services company will provide the Omani carrier with a full range of services that includes everything from passenger services to ramp operations.
From the Omani capital, the global airport ground services and cargo handling service provider will oversee the low-cost carrier’s flights to three domestic and eleven international destinations in nine countries.
Commenting on the new agreement, Nils Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer of Swissport International AG, shared: “We are delighted that SalamAir has chosen Swissport to serve its valued customers at Muscat International.
“In 2017, when we started up in Muscat, Oman was a greenfield site for us. We are proud of how quickly we established the Swissport operating standards, delivering the quality services our clients trust.”
To date, SalamAir operates four Airbus A320 aircraft from its base in Muscat and is expected to receive an additional five aircraft that are scheduled for delivery in 2019. In addition to the new contract for delivery of services at Muscat International Airport, Swissport was previously tapped by SalamAir to oversee its daily flights at the private airport of Mukhaizna (UKH).
Entering the Omani market back in April 2017, the aviation services provider worked closely with joint venture partner Al Jarwani Group to establish its JV, Swissport Oman. With a budding portfolio that continues to grow with each passing month, Swissport Oman’s list of clientele includes the likes of flydubai, Air Arabia, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, Air New Zealand and SalamAir.
Adding his own viewpoint, Mark Skinner, Swissport’s Senior Vice President Middle East & Africa, commented: “We are proud to provide hub handling services to this fast-growing airline in the Sultanate of Oman.”
He added: “Swissport is committed to fulfil and surpass SalamAir’s high expectations regarding on-time performance and quality.”
To date, Swissport International AG delivers airport ground services for some 265 million passengers annuals and manages approximately 4.7 million tons of air cargo at 122 warehouses across the globe. Boasting a global workforce of 68,000, the company is currently active in over 300 airports across 50 countries.