British firm Eagle Aviation has purchased the business and assets of Groundcare Solutions, a UK-based luggage handling agent.

Groundcare Solutions currently repatriates around 1000-1500 bags every day with 90% of baggage returned within 24 hours.

The acquisition secures 80 jobs – taking Eagle Aviation’s headcount to beyond 200 – with plans to continue growth through new hires planned across the network in both London and Scotland.

Operations manager for Eagle Aviation, Samuel Milne, said: “Groundcare Solutions shares our commitment to customer experience and service while understanding how frustrating problems with luggage can be. We work in a highly fraught environment – and these values resonate with our own, which made the acquisition a perfect fit.

“The move will welcome many dedicated staff members to our team giving us the scale and resources to expand and grow as the industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic while providing a service our customers and partners can rely on.”

Eagle Aviation now provides daily service to 33 airports and 120 airline groups, handling and returning more than 800,000 bags per year for clients including Emirates, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Etihad, and Ryanair.

The firm sees the acquisition of Groundcare Solutions as a perfect solution to build a robust service recovery for Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, further boosting the company’s presence after its acquisition of Wey Group International in 2018.

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Milne added: “Eagle Aviation has been able to adapt aspects of business quickly throughout recent challenging times. With unpredictable fuel prices and fallout from Brexit and the pandemic still playing a major part in our operations, this acquisition will give us the stability to delve into all the possibilities the current market conditions present.

“We’re proud to play an even bigger role in the repatriation chain across the country following the acquisition of Groundcare Solutions and feel very pleased that our airline partners trust us with this work on their behalf”.

Launched in 2020, Eagle Aviation covers all of the main English, Welsh, and Scottish regional airports as well as Belfast and Dublin.