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30th March 2009

Flybe awards groundhandling contracts to Swissport

Company benefits from leading regional airline’s success at London Gatwick, Birmingham and Newcastle

Flybe, Europe's largest and most successful regional airline, has today announced it is to extend its relationship with Swissport, one of the world's largest airport service businesses, with the award of contracts for full ground handling services at three UK airports, namely Newcastle, Birmingham and London Gatwick.  The contracts are for a period of three years effective April 1, the latter, ie London Gatwick, effective Sunday 29th March, 2009 for the start of the 2009 Summer Schedule.

This is the first time that Flybe has awarded its ground handling business to Swissport at London Gatwick airport while the contracts at Newcastle and Birmingham Airports renew existing business between the two companies.  At all three airports, Swissport will provide full baggage handling and check-in services.

Jonathan Breedon, Flybe’s Director of Customer Services comments: “Flybe is pleased to extend its successful relationship with Swissport. The company has served us well to date and we look forward to continuing to work with them into the future.”

Swissport’s CEO, Mark Faulkner, says:"In these challenging times for our industry, it is very pleasing to secure not only the renewal of existing contracts with Flybe at Newcastle and Birmingham but also to win this new contract to manage the ground handling for the airline at Gatwick Airport. I am grateful to all the Swissport team for providing an excellent service to Flybe over recent years at the existing bases and we look forward to working hard to service their needs at Gatwick."

Flybe has grown rapidly at London Gatwick over the last 18 months to the point where it is now its third largest slot holder: the airline operates 23 routes out of Birmingham where it is the airport’s largest scheduled airline and eight out of Newcastle.