Menzies Aviation is expanding its footprint in Spain with seven new ground handling licenses awarded by the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA).

The landmark tender now spans 41 licenses at 43 airports across Spain, the largest ground handling tender in the world.

Menzies has been awarded ground handling licenses for Barcelona (BCN), Palma Mallorca (PMI), Malaga (AGP), Alicante (ALC), Gran Canaria (LPA), Tenerife Sur (TFS) and Tenerife Norte (TFN) airports.

The seven-year licenses will see Menzies provide full ramp and passenger services at these airports from early 2024 to 2031.

Menzies investments

To ensure best-in-class standards and systems across its Spanish operations, Menzies said it will invest in equipment, employees and facilities to enhance safety, sustainability and performance.

These include up-skilling new employees with its safety, training and operational procedures, investing in brand-new electric ground service equipment (GSE), equipped with telematics and state of the art safety devices, and delivering a clear road map for a new generation digital aircraft turn-around that will have a positive impact on ramp efficiency, safety and sustainability.

Miguel Gomez, executive vice president Europe at Menzies Aviation, said: “We are honoured that the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA) has awarded Menzies licenses to deliver our safe and trusted services in seven airports across Spain, including two new airports.

“These stations will complement our existing operations across Europe, which now includes 51 airports in 16 countries, and follows successful acquisitions and partnerships in Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria and Italy.

“We look forward to welcoming new colleagues to the Menzies team and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and career goals. We recently agreed a new labour agreement with the main unions in Spain, which complements the handling sector’s collective bargaining agreement, creating a great platform for success.”

AENA partners

Philipp Joeinig, CEO at Menzies Aviation, added: “We are extremely proud to be selected as one of the main ground handling partners by the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA).

“We take pride in providing the safest, most secure, and consistent services tailored to our customers’ needs and look forward to providing a full range of passenger and ramp services at seven airports in Spain and continuing to provide passenger services at a further seven airports.

“In August, airports in the AENA network hit a historical passenger record, with a 5.7% increase in airport turns. We look forward to working with AENA as a strategic partner, supporting our airline customers to continue this impressive growth.”
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