Aviator expands market presence with SAS in Norway

Written by: Felicity Stredder |
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Following an agreement made with Scandinavian Airlines in July 2020, Aviator Airport Alliance initiated ground handling operations for the airline across multiple airports in Norway on February 1.

ver the next five years, Aviator will provide ground handling and de-icing services for SAS at three airports in Bergen, Tromso and Kristiansand. These new collaborations come as a valuable addition to the previously established SAS/Aviator partnership at Bardufoss airport.

Tomas Holm, SAS Head of airport Operations East Europe, Finland, Norway, the Baltics, and Russia commented: “I highly commend this impressive start with Aviator, pointing out that all KPIs were met or even exceeded. Despite the current harsh winter weather conditions being experienced in Norway, it is good to report that all operations have gone particularly well.”

Aviator Managing Director, Norway, Per Wassberg, also commented: “This SAS contract entailing operations at four stations in Norway is a significant milestone in our company’s history. It not only diversifies our customer portfolio, but eliminates vulnerabilities and dependencies found in a lack of customer diversification in uncertain market environments such as those induced by the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, we are delighted to handle SAS at BGO, TOS, KRS and BDU stations in which de-icing procedures are included in our list of services provided for the airline at TOS and KRS.”

The agreement strengthens Aviator’s previous relations with the airline, for whom it began providing ground handling services in Sweden, at both Landvetter and Malmo airports, in September last year. The developments in Norway broadens Aviator’s presence as a leading ground handling provider in the Nordic market.

Jo Alex Tanem, CEO of Aviator, addressed the successful operations launched, stating, “The start-up with SAS in Norway is a huge part of our foundation for a profitable future going into 2021. It was of utmost importance that we executed operations perfectly. The sound preparation and effort from our Norwegian team has resulted in Aviator delivering an exceptional outcome across all Norwegian stations, reinforcing our client’s faith in our capabilities. The feedback we’ve received from SAS Group Management makes me immensely proud of our team. Together with the substantial support from our sole shareholder, Avia Solutions Group, Aviator remains on track with our growth and expansion plans and this development positions us to further broaden our presence in the market.”

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