Swissport International names Dirk Schmitt as new CEO Cargo Services Germany & Austria

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2015-2-5 — /Travel PR News/ — Swissport International (Swissport), the world´s largest provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation industry, names Dirk Schmitt as new CEO Cargo Services Germany & Austria, with effect 1 February 2015. He will be responsible for Swissport Cargo Services (SCS) Germany, a successful, profitable operating unit employing approximately 400 staff. The task will include running Swissport’s cargo operations at currently 9 online airports as well as several subcontracted European stations.

Dirk Schmitt will take over the post from Peter Kohl, who will move to new responsibilities within Swissport. Schmitt will be based at Frankfurt Airport’s Cargo City South in Germany. He will report to Philipp Joeinig, EVP Europe West, Central & East and will have a functional reporting line to Nils P. Knudsen, Head of Global Cargo Services.

Prior to his new assignment at Swissport, Dirk Schmitt spent 10 years in the aviation and air cargo industry and has held various senior management positions in Europe, including one at Fraport in Frankfurt. He joins Swissport from Luxair CARGO.

Nils P. Knudsen, Head of Global Cargo Services, comments: “Dirks’ long-standing experience in the industry and his knowledge of the German and European air cargo business will be a great asset for Swissport to sustainably grow this market further and improve our position in the region.”

Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for around 224 million passengers and handles 4.1 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 700 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 55,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 265 stations in 45 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of CHF 3.0

For more information please contact:

Swissport International Ltd.
Corporate Communications
Sabine Fernández Meinitz
P.O. Box
CH-8058 Zürich-Flughafen
+41 43 815 00 15

Agency Contact for Swissport International Ltd.
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