New baggage handling operator at Birmingham Airport

Approximately 40 jobs will be made available at Birmingham Airport after Azzurra Premiere Handling takes over operation of baggage handling contacts on site. Azzurra Premiere Handling, who already operate at Manchester and Heathrow airports, accepted the six-figure investment to become the second ground handling business operating at Birmingham Airport. The baggage handling company has already secured contacts with BMI Regional and Brussels Airlines, providing a large number of services including check-in, boarding, baggage handling, push back and aircraft cleaning.

Director with Premiere Handling Julian van Gelder said: "This is an excellent airport that is well located at the heart of the country with great road and rail links."The runway has been extended, enabling direct flights to the west coast of the United States and other places in the world that were not previously accessible."Birmingham and the West Midlands also remains a powerhouse…..there are great opportunities for growth in both business and leisure passengers."

Improvements to the facilities at the airport come after arguments regarding Birmingham Airport’s baggage handling services since Aviator (the previous operating company) removed themselves from the airport, resulting in the loss of nearly 200 staff. Since then, operations have been taken over by Swissport, until its own staff threatened strike action in the run up to Christmas before eventually cancelling the planned walkout.

Vittorio Mazza, Director with Azzurra, added: "This is our first step outside of the London market and we see a great opportunity to build a presence at one of the fastest growing airports in the UK, forecasted to handle over 13 million passengers in 2017."

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