Cargo Handling

Swissport awarded Cargo Ground Handler of the Year

Air Cargo Belgium has awarded Swissport with the Cargo Ground Handler of the Year Award in recognition of its outstanding performance in general air cargo operations.

The company has made a name for integrated cool chain logistics at its Swissport Pharma Centres, where it provides seamless services adhering to the highest industry standards.

Frederik Timmermans, director of Swissport Brussels, said: “We are delighted to receive the Cargo Ground Handler of the Year award from Air Cargo Belgium. This recognition reflects our team’s dedication, expertise, and commitment to delivering exceptional air cargo services at Brussels Airport.”

Air Cargo Belgium unites the Belgian air cargo community and promotes collaboration and innovation among airlines, ground handlers, freight forwarders, customers and other stakeholders.

The organisation is committed to enhancing competitiveness and sustainability across the sector through collective efforts, and hosts an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence and contributions to the air cargo community at Brussels Airport.

The recent ceremony brought together 120 members of the Brussels air cargo community, facilitating discussions on innovation and sustainable practices. Swissport’s notable contributions to the sector were recognised and ultimately led to it being awarded Cargo Ground Handler of the Year 2023.

Since establishing a presence in Belgium in 1990, Swissport has consistently expanded and currently operates a state-of-the-art 25,000 sqm air cargo centre at Brussels Airport, which was fully refurbished and further enhanced in 2019 with the addition of a Swissport Pharma Centre.

In Brussels, the ground handler offers a comprehensive suite of services for over forty airlines, covering general and special cargo handling, temperature-controlled handling, hub handling, express services and forwarder handling.

In 2022 alone, a dedicated team of 286 Swissport employees successfully handled an impressive 200,000 tons of air cargo and serviced over 1,600 aircraft, significantly contributing to the robust performance of Swissport’s air cargo operations.