AVIATION services company Swissport launched its first air cargo operations in Australia this week, commencing at Sydney Airport on 1 November.

Swissport’s Australian operations offer cargo acceptance, screening and documentation, build up and breakdown of pallets, container handling and loading and unloading of aircraft.

The company has partnered with VietJet and Batik Air to deliver the airlines’ air cargo services.

Swissport said the partnership would enable imports from Vietnam to Australia via the Saigon gateway and would support the export of Australian goods to markets in Asia.

Swissport managing director Australasia Brad Moore said the company was proud to expand its global air cargo business at Sydney Airport and grow its service offering in Australia.

“Our experience and expertise in cargo handling will allow us to provide services to airlines that will allow for ultra-fast processing and high-quality handling,” he said.

“In Australia, the addition of our air cargo operations will help to support an important trade route with Asia, which is crucial for enabling the import of goods and the export of Australian-made products.”

Swissport intends to provide services tailored to the airlines’ needs, enhanced by investment in digital tools and modern equipment such as gate and slot management systems and self-service cargo kiosks.

“Our globally recognised expertise in air cargo handling makes Swissport the partner of choice for Australian airlines and airlines operating in the market,” Mr Moore said.

“Our local teams are proud to be part of this exciting moment in our company’s growth within Australia.”

Swissport has a global network of more than 100 cargo warehouses.

The Cargo Product addition in Sydney complements existing portfolio of domestic ground handling, international ground handling, lounges and transport service divisions that employ approximately 4000 people across Australia and New Zealand.