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Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:59 pm

Hi Everyone,

Just read this on the Swissport website, stating that today they have announced they will be withdrawing from LGW and that its services will be transferred to Aviator.

http://www.swissport.com/nc/news-med...ions-at-london-gatwick-to-aviator/


Is this old news? As I personally hadn't heard anything about it previously.
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GSTBA
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:45 pm

I know that after a review of there LGW operation, Swissport approached BA to say that they could not continue with there current contractual terms. This resulted in BA launching a fresh tender process, which Swissport participated in. However Aviator emerged from the process as BA's preferred choice. Aviator will take over from Swissport officially on the second week of November.

BA's ground handling at NCL which for some time has been handled Swissport will also switch to Aviator this month
 
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:33 am

Is Aviator any better than Swissport was? I think it can't be much worse or can it.
 
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:38 am

Swissport had some issues handling BA at LGW as we saw. Caused a lot of chaos.
 
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:47 am

Aviator is the old Servisair operation, one of the few stations which did not merge into Swissport?
 
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:18 am

What you'll tend to find in these situations is that the staff will be TUPE'd across from one company to the other, so it's ally of the same guys dealing with the flights. So the service probably won't change a massive amount unless the SOP's from the two companies differ massively.
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Fri Oct 02, 2015 12:12 pm

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 4):
Aviator is the old Servisair operation, one of the few stations which did not merge into Swissport?

I believe it was formed by former Servisair employees.
 
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:58 pm

LGW has been very challenging since the merger. With the loss of BA, who does Swissport currently handle?
 
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Sun Oct 04, 2015 12:30 pm

Quoting Shuttle12T (Reply 5):
What you'll tend to find in these situations is that the staff will be TUPE'd across from one company to the other

Yes. It's even confirmed on the Swissport PR: "The transaction will become effective on 9 November 2015 and is including ground handling related assets, contracts and staff."
So instead of BA simply changing its vendor from Swissport to Aviator (which it's true), it seems Swissport management wants to take advantage of the situation and spin-off the whole LGW handling from the company. Lounges and Cargo will be retained as per the press release.

Quoting GSTBA (Reply 1):
after a review of there LGW operation, Swissport approached BA to say that they could not continue with there current contractual terms

That means they need/want more money to continue operating. That sadly tends to translate in plain English as "staff is expensive". So if Aviator is to take all Swissport contracts, they will likely face the same cost issues.

Quoting GSTBA (Reply 1):
This resulted in BA launching a fresh tender process


Does the new RFP include all IAG airlines? It's interesting as LGW sees the four operating brands: BA, IB (through IB Express), Vueling and Aer Lingus. Vueling uses North as BA, so i am curious who will handle them. I assume the Vueling contract will also go to Aviator but Iberia Express and Aer Lingus are not listed as clients for LGW on their website.
Next year BA and Vueling will vacate North and find a new home at South with all sister airlines. I guess it is of the best interest for both client and provider to obtain the most synergies out of their colocation.



[Edited 2015-10-04 05:48:42]
 
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RE: Swissport Withdrawing From LGW?

Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:46 pm

Quoting Aisak (Reply 8):
"The transaction will become effective on 9 November 2015 and is including ground handling related assets, contracts and staff."

Correct, this is whats been posted by management in the Aviator crew room at BHX, at BHX we took on the Monarch contract from Menzies and their staff and assets TUPE'd over much like the Swissport ones will at LGW

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