Swiss aviation services company Swissport International has been selected by Air New Zealand to provide ground-handling services at four major airports in Australia.

As per the contract, the Swiss firm will provide ground-handling services for 8,000 additional flights in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth annually.

The contract will further boost Swissport’s growth prospects in the Pacific region.

According to Swissport Pacific CEO Glenn Rutherford, the new long-term contract will create 250 new jobs in Australia, while employees would stand to benefit through an investment of more than $13m in training, skills development and specialist equipment.

“We’re committing an additional $13m in training, skills development and specialist equipment.”

Rutherford further added: “Working with Air New Zealand marks a further expansion of Swissport’s presence in the Pacific region and further confirms our role as the region’s fastest growing ground handler. “

“We’re committing an additional $13m in training, skills development and specialist equipment and will continue to focus on ongoing development opportunities for our team of three thousand plus employees,” he said.

The Swissport and Air New Zealand contract in Melbourne and Sydney will come into force from November this year. The contracts for Brisbane airport and Perth airport will commence in February and March, respectively in 2019.

Swissport is also planning to roll out electric vehicles wherever possible.

Air New Zealand’s network offers air passenger services and cargo transport services to, from and within New Zealand to more than 15 million travellers annually.

With a workforce of 68,000 employees, Swissport International delivers airport ground services for approximately 265 million passengers every year and handles about 4.7 million tonnes of air cargo at 133 warehouses.