German flag carrier Lufthansa has extended its partnership with aviation services firm Swissport at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi.

Swissport has already been offering airline ramp handling and check-in and gate services at the airport for more than 11 years.

The latest contract expands this coverage to include air cargo handling and warehousing services.

Lufthansa Cargo currently runs flights between East Africa and its hub in Frankfurt.

Swissport Kenya managing director Racheal Ndegwa said: “Air cargo handling and warehousing are crucial components of our business, and we are proud to match the needs of Lufthansa Cargo with our operational readiness and world-class facilities here in Nairobi.”

Since 1997, Swissport has been offering airport ground and air cargo handling services at Jomo Kenyatta Airport.

With a 10,400m² area, the firm’s Nairobi cargo centre handles general cargo in addition to perishables and temperature-sensitive goods such as pharmaceuticals.

Swissport International Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa managing director and global cargo chair Dirk Goovaerts said: “Nairobi is an important travel and logistics hub for many airlines, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Lufthansa Group.

“Our investments in the facilities, in professional and skilled teams, and our willingness to support our clients’ most ambitious requests drive our success in Nairobi.”

The Swiss aviation services provider currently caters to more than 20 airline customers in Nairobi, managing 320 flights and 5,800t of cargo on a monthly basis.

Earlier this year, the firm received a contract to offer passenger and ramp handling services at Kenya’s Moi International Airport.