Swissport secures Lufthansa's cargo business in Nairobi

Swissport International and the Lufthansa Group have extended their long-standing partnership in Kenya.

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For more than eleven years, the aviation services provider has been supporting airlines of the Lufthansa Group at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi (NBO) with ramp handling as well as check-in and gate services. With the extension of the contract, the partnership now also covers cargo handling and warehousing services for Lufthansa Cargo, which operates flights between East Africa and its hub in Frankfurt, Germany.

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Lufthansa Group and to serve one of the globally leading cargo airlines at Nairobi International airport”, said Racheal Ndegwa, managing director of Swissport Kenya. “Air cargo handling and warehousing are crucial components of our business, and we are proud to match the needs of Lufthansa Cargo with our operational readiness and world-class facilities here in Nairobi.”

Swissport's state-of-the-art Nairobi cargo centre offers 10,400 square meters of space for the handling of general cargo as well as perishables and temperature-sensitive goods like pharmaceuticals. The facility includes a Swissport Pharma Center, which has been certified by IATA’s CEIV Pharma. With a focus on the safe handling of perishables from fruits to vegetables to flowers, which are among the most important Kenyan export goods, the Swissport Cargo Center in Nairobi has also been CEIV Fresh-certified. Swissport has recently launched a so-called “flower corridor”, a cool-chain initiative that for the very first time brings together all stakeholders of the flower export line, from farm operators to airlines and forwarders. The innovative process quickly proved to be very successful as it helps extend the shelf life of fresh-cut flowers and thus reduces waste.

“Nairobi is an important travel and logistics hub for many airlines, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Lufthansa Group”, said Dirk Goovaerts, managing director Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Global Cargo Chair of Swissport International. “Our investments in the facilities, in professional and skilled teams, and our willingness to support our clients’ most ambitious requests drive our success in Nairobi.”