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Industry Aviation
Founded 1949 (as Belgavia)
Headquarters Brussels Airport, Belgium
Key people
Clive Sauvé-Hopkins,[1] CEO
Services Aircraft ground handling
Aircraft maintenance
Website www.aviapartner.aero

Aviapartner, whose origins date back to 1949 under the name of Herfurth Air Services to become 'Belgavia' in the late 1960s, is a Belgian company that provides aircraft ground handling services at 32 airports in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. Among the airports served are Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin-Tegel, Frankfurt A.M., Milan, Rome, Nice and Paris-CDG. Herfurth/Belgavia started aircraft handling at Antwerp,Deurne airport and extended its activities at Ostend airport in the early 1960s. Later it started handling at Brussels and other airports. On June 9, 2011 Aviapartner lost its operating license at Brussels Airport to Swiss-based Swissport for a period of 7 years. But the court broke this decision. Aviapartern kept its licence and Swissport merged with FlightCare, the second aircraft ground services company at Brussels Airport. Note that there are only two licences at Brussels airport.

Range of ground handling services[edit]

  • Passenger handling:

Check-in, ticketing, boarding assistance, lost and found baggage services, assistance to disabled passengers, passenger ground transportation.

  • Ramp handling:

Loading and unloading of baggage and cargo to/from aircraft on the ramp, ground power provision for aircraft, cleaning, water and sanitary services, freight and baggage transfer to terminal, crew transfer from aircraft to terminal/hotel, pushback and towing, with headset, aircraft de-icing.

  • Traffic operations:

Preparation of flight documentation, ground to air communication, calculation of weight and balance, set-up of loadsheet, crew briefing, flight supervision.

  • Cargo handling:

Warehousing, palletizing, import and export procedures, customs clearance, trucking services.

  • Courier handling:

Transfer of courier and express shipments to/from other warehouses and aircraft, handling of express flights operated from the Brussels Airport Courier center.

Corporate Airlines at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol[edit]

  • Air Arabia Maroc
  • Air Astana
  • Air Malta
  • Air Transat
  • Arkia Israel Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EL AL
  • Easyjet
  • Germanwings
  • Iberia
  • Israir
  • Iran Air
  • LOT
  • Lufthansa
  • Onur air
  • Pegasus Airlines
  • Qatar
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Sky Work Airlines
  • Surinam Airways
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • TACV Cabo Verde Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Tunisair
  • Vueling
  • Zagrosjet

Corporate Airlines at Brussels Airport[edit]

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Baltic
  • Air Europe
  • Air France (HOP!)
  • Air Transat
  • Air Serbia
  • ANA
  • BMI
  • British Airways
  • Czech Airlines
  • EasyJet
  • El Al
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Iberia
  • Jetairfly
  • KLM
  • Nouvelair
  • Onur Air
  • Pegasus Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Transavia Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Vueling
  • Ryanair

Corporate Airlines at Nice Airport[edit]

  • Aigle Azur
  • Air Transat
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Blu-Express
  • British Airways
  • Czech Airlines
  • DHL Aviation
  • easyJet
  • Estonian Air
  • Europe Airpost
  • Finnair
  • Flybe
  • Germanwings
  • Iberia
  • IGAvion (SkyTaxi)
  • Jet2.com
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Monarch Airlines
  • Rossiya
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Syphax Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium
  • Transavia.com
  • Tunisair
  • Ukraine Intl Airlines
  • Vueling


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol presented Aviapartner with 'The Best Handler Award' in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009 for its excellent performance in the areas of service, safety and co-operation.

Aviapartner received the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration for: Amsterdam (December 2008), Frankfurt (July 2009), Düsseldorf (September 2009), Munich (October 2009), Brussels (October 2009), Milan-Malpensa (November 2009), Nice (November 2009), Lyon (December 2009), Turin (May 2010), Venice (June 2010) and Rotterdam (May 2011).


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