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Swissport signs MOU with Western Sydney Airport

Swissport has entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Western Sydney Airport to design concepts for an on-airport freight precinct and begin discussions about potential operations.

Joining Swissport signing up to work with Western Sydney Airport on the air freight hub are Australia Post (including StarTrack), DB Schenker, DHL Express, DSV Air and Sea, FedEx, Menzies Aviation, Qantas Freight, Skyroad Logistics and Wymap.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett said Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport has the potential to become Sydney’s most important freight hub, generating many of the Airport’s thousands of jobs.

“The Airport’s unrestricted 24/7 operations will be the key to unlocking new export opportunities for businesses and producers across Western Sydney and NSW,” he said.

“Goods produced in NSW will no longer have to be trucked to Brisbane or Melbourne in order to reach lucrative Asian markets overnight.”

Swissport Australia General Manager Cargo Peter Logan said: “Swissport appreciates the extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with our industry partners to maximise the potential of the freight precinct at Western Sydney International.”

“Together we will design and plan a world-class precinct which play a critical role in the future of our region.

“Our global experience and insights will help inform design for an efficient, accessible and strategically-planned cargo gateway,” he said.

Australian airports currently transport more than one million tonnes of air freight annually and this is forecast to grow considerably over the next decade.

The first stage of the airport has the potential to process around 220,000 tonnes of air freight each year through its proposed on-airport freight facility, with multiple dedicated freighter aircraft stands. This is set to scale up with demand, potentially handling 1.8 million tonnes of air freight each year in the future.

The Airport’s freight precinct is set to have dedicated road access off The Northern Road, separating heavy vehicles from passenger traffic, which will enter the Airport from the M12 on the opposite side of the site.

While the freight MOUs signed today focus on the air freight industry, Western Sydney International will also provide significant opportunities for Australian exporters, including the Agribusiness precinct located adjacent to the Airport.

Construction of Western Sydney International is well underway with the Airport on track to open in 2026.

Swissport operates at 32 airports across Australia and New Zealand, partnering with all major domestic airlines and many international carriers in the region.

In 2018, Swissport International AG provided best-in-class airport ground services for some 282 million airline passengers and handled roughly 4.8 million tons of air freight in 115 cargo warehouses worldwide. Several of its warehouses have been certified for pharmaceutical logistics by IATA’s CEIV. The world’s leading provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling, with 66,000 employees, achieved consolidated operating revenue of 2.99 billion euros in 2018. At the end of June 2019, Swissport was active at 310 airports in 49 countries on six continents.


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