Ground handling support to airlines at Genève Aéroport


Gathered in ordinary session on 23.03.2016, the Board of Directors of Genève Aéroport validated the Directorate-General’s proposal and confirmed the award of two aviation concession agreements for liner and charter ground handling services to the companies Swissport and Dnata.

The companies Swissport and Dnata won the call for tenders launched by Genève Aéroport for the award of the two aviation concession agreements to provide liner and charter ground handling services.

The European directive, applicable in Switzerland, requires airports to put out to tender at least two concession agreements for the purpose of avoiding monopoly and offering a choice to airlines operating on their platform.
The renewal of concessions, granted for a 7-year period, responds to a legal requirement.

The tender project was submitted to the Board of Directors then to the airlines in June 2015. The tender itself, strongly inspired by the rules of public procurement (which are, however, not applicable), was launched in October 2015.

The evaluation of the tender dossiers was conducted by an internal expert committee of Genève Aéroport, formed of members of the Operations, Safety Office, Security, Finance and Environment divisions or services. This procedure was placed under the supervision of the legal service and of the head of aviation concessions.

Gathered in ordinary meeting, the Board of Directors validated the proposal of the management of Genève Aéroport.

The expert committee had to decide between several quality tender dossiers.
In accordance with the rules of procedure of this call for tenders, the evaluation of applications focused only on the contents of the dossiers. Thus, the committee evaluated the criteria relating to the means implemented by the bidders (human resources, materials, subcontracting), the guarantees of their obligations (quality policy and continuity plan, security policy, safety policy, environmental policy), their economic and financial guarantees, as well as the bid submission quality.

The decision made by the management of Genève Aéroport and validated by the Board of Directors was notified both to the two successful bidders and to the other bidders.
By virtue of the law, this decision may be appealed to the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) within thirty days as of its notification.