Aviation services company Swissport has extended its contract with Air Tanzania at its DAR es Salaam (DAR) home base in Tanzania until 2024.

Since the beginning of 2020, Swissport has been offering airport ground and air cargo handling services to Air Tanzania. 

According to the new agreement, which extends the contract for a further two years, Swissport will offer a wide range of services, including airport ground, air cargo handling and aviation security for 134 flights per week.

At DAR, Swissport has been servicing Air Tanzania’s aircraft such as Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Airbus A220s and Bombardier Q400.

Currently, Air Tanzania, the flag carrier of Tanzania, has flights for ten domestic and six international destinations.

In addition to DAR, Swissport also handles Air Tanzania’s hub operations at Kilimanjaro Airport, which is the second base for the Tanzanian flag carrier.

Swissport Tanzania CEO Mrisho Yassin said: “We are pleased that Air Tanzania has once again chosen Swissport as a partner for a range of mission-critical ground services that have a significant impact on an airline’s on-time performance and reliability.

“It underlines that our leading position in the hub and large base handling is recognised across the industry and pays off also at the airport of the Tanzanian metropolis.”

In July, Swissport began aeroplane servicing at Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome, Italy.

This was the result of a contract awarded in May from Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana to offer ground handling services at the airport.

Swissport now provides airport ground services and air cargo handling to almost 850 airlines on six continents.