The Aena’s General Director, Javier Marín, in a meeting with an information media group (Unidad Editorial), confirmed they are working on the procedures to award the handling services to 43 airports of the net. Among the conditions required by Aena, he explained there will be additional handling discounts to airlines operating new routes.
The public tender should be opened sometime between July and December 2013.
The airports of Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga, Alicante and Palma will have three Handling companies. Then, there will be a second group of 16 airports which will have two Handling operators. The last group will have the other 24 airports, each one used by less than one million passengers a year. They will have an only handling agent per airport.
Currently Iberia is the main operator with a market share of 42%. Groundforce have 23%, Swissport 17% and Acciona 7%.
Apart from these Handling discounts in new routes, the Handling Agents are to offer more flexibility for the season planning and the maintenance of the fleet.