Turkey-based ground handling brand Havaş has acquired MZLZ Ground Handling Services operating at Zagreb Airport (ZAG) for an undisclosed amount.

With this deal, signed on 11 February, Zagreb has become the 31st airport in Havaş’ portfolio.

A TAV Airports and Groupe ADP company, Havaş has begun offering services at the airport located in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

The consortium including TAV Airports and Groupe ADP has the right to operate the airport until 2042.

Operating at 29 airports in Turkey, Havaş has expanded its global reach to Zagreb besides Riga in Latvia.

With a team of around 500 employees, Havaş has assumed services of passenger, ramp, representation and supervision, flight operation, load control and communication in addition to cargo and mail at the Zagreb Airport.

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It will also provide service with a machine park featuring 176 motorised and 346 wheeled equipment.

Havaş general manager S Mete Erna said: “We focus on constantly improving our operations through innovative solutions and providing the best service to our airline collaborations. As a member of the Turquality programme, we take the opportunities to achieve growth abroad with the know-how we have gained in Turkey.

“Approximately 30 airlines regularly fly to Zagreb Airport, which is a significant touristic destination in the Adriatic. We will carry out all processes as the sole ground handling service provider at the airport, which also has cargo and general aviation traffic.

“We will increase the efficiency of our operations, sustain our investments in ground handling services and continue to be the preferred business partner of airlines.”

Holding ISAGO certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Zagreb Airport handled 3,435,000 passengers, 45,000 flights and around 13,000t of cargo in 2019.

Because of travel restrictions related to Covid-19, the passenger traffic at the airport in 2021 was around 41% of that in 2019.

In October 2021, Turkey’s iGA Istanbul Airport (IST) had selected ADB Safegate’s solutions to automate the docking of aeroplanes in all weather conditions and enhance parking accuracy.