Azul awards Swissport handling contract at Viracopos

Swissport resizedBrazilian airline Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras has awarded Swissport to provide ground handling services at Viracopos International Airport.

Swissport will provide ramp handling, aircraft cleaning, and cargo handling in the eight year contract at the airport in Campinas, Sao Paulo state. The two companies already work together at eight airports in Brazil.

Rene Pascua, Head of Latin America and Caribbean at Swissport said: “Swissport has been serving Azul at several airports since the start of their operations in 2008, and we are honoured to earn their renewed trust and to serve them at their home base. Swissport is well prepared to support Azul’s growth in Brazil and beyond as it adds new aircraft.”

At Viracopos, Azul serves 66 locations across Latin America and a few in the US and Portugal, primarily operating narrow-body Airbuses, ATRs and Embraers and a few widebody Airbuses, and it has A350s on order.

IAG Cargo restarts Heathrow – Rio services

IAG Cargo resizedIAG Cargo has reconnected London Heathrow and Rio de Janeiro following a 20 month break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The service restarted on 1 December, operating four times a week using a British Airways Boeing 787, adding to daily services from Madrid operated by Iberia.

The connection is expected to be a key route for automotive parts into Brazil and for electronic and e-commerce goods to move between Europe and South America.

London – Rio services are important for perishable exports such as papayas and melons, which can be transported using IAG Cargo’s Constant Fresh service designed for perishable goods.