Cargo Handling

Swissport celebrates International Women’s Day

Swissport celebrates International Women’s Day

To celebrate today’s International Women’s Day, a dedicated all-women crew in Sydney, Australia, provided passenger and ramp services for Qantas Jetstar flights JQ402 and JQ405 departing to and arriving from Gold Coast airport (OOL).

At Jeddah Airport (JED) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, two Swissport all-women teams welcomed passengers of Jazeera Airways flight J9208 to Kuwait City (KWI), and Etihad Airways flight EY334 bound for Abu Dhabi (AUH) at the check-in counters and managed the gate process and closing of the flights.

At Larnaca (LCA) and Paphos (PFO) airports in Cyprus, all-women crews serviced ten morning flights by Arkia, British Airways, Etihad Airways and Ryanair.

At the same time in Zurich (ZRH), Switzerland, a dedicated team of women was responsible for the de-icing of some 30 aircraft before take-off, when outside temperatures made this procedure necessary to ensure the safe operation all flights taking off from Switzerland.

Ilse De Loof, Chief Legal Officer and Global Sponsor of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Swissport International AG says: “Swissport is dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all its facets.

“We foster a culture that provides equal opportunities for all our employees to excel, advance and lead.”

While women make up the majority of Swissport’s staff working at its 69 airport lounges (74.1% by December 2023), in their centralized cargo offices (61.1% by December 2023) and at Swissport’s global head office (59.2%), women are still underrepresented in classic airport ground services and cargo handling units.

At the end of 2023, 33.7% of Swissport’s employees in airport ground services were women.

In the air cargo handling units, women made up 22.7% of the overall workforce, despite the company’s equal opportunity recruiting principle.

Christopher Rayner, Chief People Officer at Swissport International AG says: “We are a people business and on this International Women’s Day we want to celebrate our many excellent women and encourage them to pursue their career goals.

“We want to support women in their careers, especially in technical areas, where they are still underrepresented.

“As a member of the IATA initiative 25by2025, aimed at increasing female representation in aviation, we are committed to getting many more women into management positions”.