Swissport expands in Chile with major SKY Airline contract

March 23 2023 Print This Article

Swissport has secured a major contract from Sky Airline to provide airport ground services and cargo handling to the largest low-cost carrier in Chile. The contract includes all 15 airports Sky serves in the country, including their operations at Santiago (SCL).

Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of airport ground services and cargo handling, has secured a major contract with Sky Airline, the first low-cost carrier in the Chilean market. Starting from 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, and loading and unloading cargo.

With the five-year contract, Swissport is adding 35,000 annual flights in Chile, representing a massive 190-percent-growth from currently some 19,000 flights, making Swissport 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,” says Guillermo Alonso, Managing Director of Swissport in Mercosur. “With our dedicated teams across Chile, we will provide Sky Airline with the highest standards of quality, efficiency, and reliability. 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 in 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 (9 airports), Perú (8 airports), Uruguay (2 airports), Ecuador (4 airports) and Brazil (16 airports).