Swissport continues to expand its lounge business in the Asia-Pacific region. With the acquisition of No1 Lounges, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will join the global network of Aspire Airport Lounges. In addition, lounges are under construction at Perth Airport.
After introducing its Aspire Airport Lounges brand in Australia with the construction of two modern airport lounges at Perth Airport (PER), Swissport has acquired the No1 Lounges’ Australian business which includes premium lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports. With the completion of two lounges in Perth – the Terminal 2 lounge will launch in July and the Terminal 1 lounge is due to open later this year – the growing lounge network of Aspire Airport Lounges will include facilities at the country’s four largest airports.
“We are delighted to bring these premium lounges into our network to bolster our regional expansion and meet the needs of our airline partners in the region,” says Brad Moore, Managing Director of Swissport’s Australasia region. “Our international lounge network is award-winning, and we are constantly growing and improving our local offering to be ready when post-pandemic travel picks up and international borders re-open.”
In 2018, No1 Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne opened its ‘The House’ brand, offering a luxurious option of a white linen a la carte restaurant and a fully tended bar. The more relaxed ‘My Lounge’ brand was launched at Brisbane Airport in September 2019, offering a soothing atmosphere and an excellent F&B selection, available around the clock. In 2019, No1 Lounges Australia had welcomed more than 200,000 travellers.
As part of their airport ground service, Swissport manages 47 lounges at more than 30 airports across the globe under its hospitality brand Aspire Lounges, welcoming guests irrespective of airline or class of travel and offers amenities that ensure each stay is rewarding. Among them are Calgary, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Helsinki, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Nairobi and Zurich.
In 2020, Swissport International AG provided best-in-class airport ground services for some 82 million airline passengers (pre-Covid 2019: 265 million) and handled roughly 4.1 million tons of air freight (2019: 4.6 million) at over 100 cargo warehouses worldwide. Several of its warehouses have been certified for pharmaceutical logistics by IATA’s CEIV Pharma and by the British MHRA. The world’s leader in airport ground services and air cargo handling, with currently around 45,000 employees, was active at 269 airports in 47 countries on six continents at the end of 2020.
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