Aviation services company Swissport is expanding its presence in Japan with the launch of its new air cargo centre at Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) next month.

Located on the north side of International Cargo Warehouse 1 at Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), the new facility will open on 1 November 2022.

It is said to facilitate the development of air transport and logistic services in Japan’s Tokai region.

Swissport Japan president and managing director Kazunari Yoshida said: “We are very grateful for the support we have received from Central Japan International Airport Corporate, Nagoya Customs, and Central Japan Airport Customs Office on this project.

“We believe demand for international air cargo will continue to grow. As a member of Japan’s logistics industry, we are eager to contribute to the development of the Tokai region, one of Japan’s three major economic zones, with our operations at Centrair.”

The new facility will be the third domestic base of Swissport on Japanese soil. The firm’s other two bases are at Narita International (NRT) and Kansai International (KIX) airports.

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Swissport Japan director and COO Stephan Kaeser said: “We are very pleased to announce the opening of our third international cargo warehouse in Japan.

“It has been our long-time goal to open an international cargo centre at Central Japan International Airport ever since we started our cargo operations at Narita and Kansai International Airport 11 years ago. We look forward to offering our services in the Tokai market.”

Established in 2006, Swissport Japan is a joint venture (JV) between Swissport International and Marubeni Corporation.

Since then, the company has been providing a wide range of services, including passenger, ramp, cargo, lounge, and executive aviation at six major airports in Japan.

Last month, Swissport extended its partnership with Hong Kong Airlines in Japan until 2025.