Ground Handling

Aviator signs a partnership agreement with Ryanair

Aviator, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics and a family member of Avia Solutions Group, signed a partnership agreement with Ryanair for ground handling services.

Under the new partnership, Aviator will provide Ryanair with full passenger- and ramp-handling services, including de-icing, at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. The 5-year agreement was signed in July for services to be provided starting October 2021.

Aviator at Arlanda perform emission free turnarounds and is in the process of becoming totally electric in all its operations.

Ryanair Holdings plc, Europe’s largest airline group, the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air & Ryanair, has been leading the European market for over 35 years.

The company operates 450 aircraft with another 210 on the way. Ryanair continues its expansion and is opening 21 new routes at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, adding 89 new weekly departures.

Additionally, Aviator and Ryanair have extended ground handling services partnership at Helsinki Airport for 4 more years for ground handling and de-icing services.

From October, Aviator will support 29 weekly Ryanair departures from Helsinki.

These two agreements continue strengthening Aviator’s partnership with the low-cost carrier and adds to the relatively new agreement, signed in March 2020, for ground handling and de-icing services in Copenhagen Airport for a 5-year period.

Jo Alex Tanem, CEO of Aviator Airport Alliance, commented on the agreement: “We are delighted to see this already strong partnership between Aviator and Ryanair developing further.

“Providing services for such a grand client like Ryanair is an incredible opportunity to prove our expertise and service quality.

“These new contracts will help to even further strengthen our cooperation.”

Tom Kelly, Deputy Director Ground Operations at Ryanair, said: “Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ryanair recently announced the opening of a new base in Stockholm Arlanda, as well as further growth in Helsinki, which will drive our expansion in Northern Europe while other airlines retrench.

“We are pleased to sign this long-term agreement with Aviator whose fully electric turnarounds ensure we maintain our position as Europe’s Greenest Airline.”