Swissport International has added Al-Qassim to its growing network in Saudi Arabia. Image: Swissort International
With the handling of a first Pakistan International Airlines flight arriving from Multan, Pakistan, Swissport has added Al-Qassim International Airport, Saudi Arabia, to its growing network in the Middle East. The global leader for airport ground services and air cargo handling offers passenger and ramp services to the Pakistani flag carrier. Initially, Swissport will handle one weekly flight each to Multan and Islamabad operated with an Airbus 320 aircraft. These volumes are planned to grow as international flights are returning to Saudi Arabia.
“We are delighted to provide our quality aviation services to Pakistan International Airlines and are honored by their trust in us,” says Gerold Tumulka, CEO of Swissport Middle East. “Al-Qassim is our fourth airport in Saudi Arabia and further grows Swissport’s position as a high-quality service provider on the Arabian Peninsula.”
Prince Naïf Bin Abdulaziz International Airport at Al-Qassim is located 350 km north of Riyadh, between the cities of Buraydah and Qassim. The region is one of the top 3 agricultural areas and production facilities in Saudi Arabia. Many workers from South Asia will benefit from the new direct flights. In 2019, more than two million passengers have been served at Al-Qassim, some 70 per cent of them bound for international destinations.
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