Çelebi wins ground handling license for Hyderabad airport

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Hyderabad: Turkey-based Çelebi Aviation Holding, a global ground handling service provider, on Tuesday said it has won the ground handling license for Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA). This is the third win for Çelebi since last year, after winning the license for the Bengaluru and Kannur airports.

Under the 10-year concession, Çelebi Aviation will provide ground handling services to make customer experience at the city airport seamless. The contract had been won on the basis of a highly competitive bidding process that assessed technical and financial qualifications of multiple global ground handling players who participated in the bid. Under the partnership, Çelebi plans to make an investment of $5-6 million (Rs 35 crore-Rs 42 crore).

Çelebi has committed to partner with RGIA to offer modern and technologically-backed services to over 20 million passengers.

Murali Ramachandran, CEO, India, Çelebi Aviation Holding said, “Our partnership with RGIA is an important benchmark in our decade long journey as it sets another milestone towards our efforts of strengthening our presence and commitment in the India aviation market. Being well set for a major growth path in the aviation space, India is a key market for us.”

In India, Çelebi is present across India’s top three airports- Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, and has the capability to service close to 50 per cent of aviation traffic in the country.

The company also has operations in Cochin and Ahmedabad and has recently started offering its services at the Kannur International Airport, which started its operations in December 2018. Çelebi is also partaking in the AAI airports bid process for about 30 airports and also has Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) on its radar.

In addition to the ground handling services, the company also started providing cargo and warehouse services in 2009 with the establishment of Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Pvt Ltd, the terminal that was previously completely run by the Government.