Iberia has won a total of 17 licenses for supplying handling services to Spanish airports out of the 20 bids submitted, according to the bid results announced by AENA, the Spanish airport authority. The airline’s handling unit, Iberia Airport Services, has won licenses for third party ramp services in following destinations:
Madrid, Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga, Alicante, Asturias, Bilbao, Girona, Minorca, Reus, Santiago de Compostela, both airports in Tenerife, Ibiza, Gran Canaria, as well as two of three lots of smaller airports including the airports in La Coruña, Leon, Pamplona, Santander, San Sebastian, Vigo, Vitoria, Albacete, Badajoz, Cordoba, Granada, Jerez, La Palma and Melilla.
Angel Marcos, Iberia’s Airports director, said “This is a great outcome for Iberia and it reflects the efforts made by the airline and its employees to offer very competitive bids with an excellent quality-price ratio. Iberia is Spain’s largest handling operator, with the greatest experience and versatility, and now with costs that enable us to compete against any other operator.”
He also added: “I would like to thank our employees for their commitment to ensure the viability of this business line, and to its customers for their loyalty, which Iberia trusts it can rely on in the future”.
Iberia will also offer very competitive contracts and high levels of service quality, as it has offered to its more than 200 customers during the last years.
The labor agreement of the airport handling sector guarantees the jobs of employees at airports where their companies’ handling licenses are not renewed. Such workers will be reassigned to the operators that have won the bids.
Iberia will work closely with AENA and other handling operators to ensure that this process is carried out in the most professional manner, guaranteeing workers’ rights and the best attention to customer airlines.