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Swissport in the spotlight at International Zero Emission Bus Conference

Swissport’s electric bussing operations were in the spotlight at the International Zero Emission Bus Conference in San Francisco on 26-27 September.

Swissport Brisbane Operations Manager Luke Morrison was invited to present by the Centre for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) following their visit to Swissport’s bus operation at Brisbane Airport.

“CTE was impressed by how we implemented our electric fleet here in Brisbane and our experiences in Perth and Sydney and asked us to share our experience on how we have managed to successfully deploy 1 for 1 diesel to electric,” Luke says.

As the only Australian presenter, Luke joined others from transport authorities in London, Chile, Cologne and across the USA and Canada.

Luke’s presentation focused on the challenges faced by being the first organisation to deploy the electric bus in Australia and the critical importance of driver training to ensure performance and results. Luke also shared a year in review with a focus on reporting data and cost efficiencies.

Luke said: “Seeing our operations and the busses up on the big screens and seeing the room so involved and intrigued by how we operate and the results we are getting from our EV busses was fantastic.”

The Zero Emission Bus Conference is the premier event for electric bus knowledge and industry collaboration.

As more cities, provinces, and states ramp up their climate change mitigation goals in accordance with the Paris Agreement, many organisation including airport authorities are turning toward electric mobility as a key strategy.

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 leader in 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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