German low-cost carrier Eurowings has contracted aviation services company Swissport for passenger services at its home base in Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN).

In addition to passenger services, Swissport will also offer aircraft turnaround coordination services.

Swissport plans to recruit nearly 180 new employees for this contract, which is set to begin by July.

Swissport Germany and Austria regional managing director Philipp Frech said: “It’s a privilege for Swissport to support Eurowings with passenger services and aircraft turnaround coordination at such a meaningful location.

“The addition of Cologne Bonn to the list of airports where Swissport already serves Eurowings is a further step in our commitment to deliver operational excellence around the globe, wherever our customers do business.

“At the same time, we are pleased to be able to create some 180 exciting new jobs at the airport.”

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Under this contract, Swissport will serve Eurowings passengers at the ticket office, check-in and at the gate. It will also run the lost and found service and coordinate aircraft turnarounds for the Eurowings fleet at Cologne Bonn.

It is estimated that Swissport would serve nearly 310 Eurowings flights per week or 16,000 flights per year.

Eurowings is the leisure airline of the Lufthansa Group and is said to be Germany’s largest holiday carrier.

The latest contract further extends Swissport’s long-standing collaboration with Eurowings and the Lufthansa Group.

Currently, Swissport offers its services to Eurowings in Munich, Geneva, Alicante, as well as in Greece, Morocco and at major gateways in the UK.

In May last year, Swissport secured a five-year contract from British airline group easyJet at Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER).