Inside Logistics

Swissport to open in Australia

New facility in Melbourne heralds entry into market

January 20, 2020


Artist’s rendering of Swissport’s new Melbourne Air Cargo Terminal.

ZURICH – Swissport has signed a lease agreement for a brand-new air cargo facility at Melbourne Airport, with other Australian locations to be announced early this year.

Swissport has signed an initial seven-year lease on a new building with warehouse space at Melbourne Airport. The facility is due to open in the third quarter of 2020.

“With this launch we bring a fresh approach and a more competitive offer to a market that has not seen a new entrant for more than 20 years,” said Glenn Rutherford, Swissport executive vice-president Asia-Pacific.

“We are excited to serve new customers in Australia and look forward to adding Australia to our global cargo network for our existing global customers.”

The brand-new facility has direct airside access and will offer state-of-the-art cargo facilities for handling and storage of general cargo, animals, pharmaceuticals and perishables.

Swissport welcomes Chris Doyle as its new general manager cargo – Pacific. Doyle has spent many years leading cargo operations, most recently as international cargo manager for a major airline.

In 2018, Swissport International AG handled roughly 4.8 million tons of air freight in 115 cargo warehouses worldwide. Several of its warehouses have been certified for pharmaceutical logistics by IATA’s CEIV. The company has 66,000 employees and operates at 307 airports in 48 countries on six continents.