Ground handler Swissport has secured a seven-year contract from the Lufthansa Group to provide airport ramp handling and passenger services in Switzerland.

According to the contract, Swissport will provide passenger services and airport ramp handling for Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss Air.

It will provide complete hub handling services for Swiss International Air Lines at Zurich Airport, and further services for Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss Air at the airports in Zurich, Geneva and Basel.

Swissport stated that with this agreement, which runs from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2027, it will secure significant business volumes.

Swiss International Air Lines’ volume represented nearly two-thirds of all flights serviced by Swissport at Zurich Airport in 2019.

Swissport Central and Eastern Europe senior vice-president Willy Ruf said: “Major airlines trust in Swissport as they plan for a post-Covid world and prepare to ramp-up operations in 2021.

“We are thrilled to have won Lufthansa Group’s renewed trust and motivated to get back to work and support them through an operationally smooth return to higher traffic volumes.”

Since SWISS’ first flight in 2002, Swissport has been offering passenger services and ramp handling to the carrier in Switzerland.

SWISS ground operations head Christoph Casparis said: “We are pleased to be able to continue our long-standing partnership with Swissport in the coming years. Competent and smooth passenger care and ground handling are of central importance to our customers and to us, and Swissport is an extremely reliable partner of SWISS and other Lufthansa Group airlines in this area.”

Qantas recently appointed Swissport as its partner to provide ground services at airports in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, Australia.

The five-year agreement will cover around 70,000 flights a year.