Swiss aviation services company Swissport will start providing aviation fuelling services at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) in Finland from 1 October.

The company will take over the fuelling business of Shell Aviation along with a customer portfolio that includes Finnair, Japan Airlines, Ryanair, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Juneyao Air and Danish charter Sunclass Airlines.

Swissport’s new Finnish fuelling unit is initially expected to deliver nearly 85 operations on a daily basis.

In a statement, the firm said: “Prior to the pandemic, Swissport fuelled over 2.3 million flights on an annual basis, averaging one flight fuelled for every 14 seconds across the company’s vast global network.

“Through its Swissport-branded fuelling operations in North America and Europe and a partnership with Aviation Fuel Services (AFS) in Germany, Swissport’s fuelling business covers 42 airports in seven countries.

“At the largest locations such as Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, Phoenix, Miami, and Minneapolis, over 500 aircraft are fuelled per day.”

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The move is intended to strengthen Swissport’s fuelling business in Northern Europe, with the company having been active at HEL since 2011.

It has provided Finnair’s home base with passenger services, ramp handling and aircraft de-icing, as well as operating two cargo centres in Helsinki.

Swissport Finland managing director Markus Vahtera said: “We are extremely pleased to further complement our portfolio of aviation services in Finland with fuelling at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

“The addition of fuelling to our broad service portfolio fits well with our expertise in complex hub operations.

“It delivers on our ambition to be the go-to brand that airlines turn to for whatever ground service they may need.”

Based in Opfikon, Swissport provides airport ground, lounge hospitality and cargo handling services.

Earlier this month, the company extended its partnership in Japan with Hong Kong Airlines until 2025.