Ryanair announces new ground handling agreement with Skytanking Aviation Services

A Skytanking Aviation Services tug pushes back a Ryanair jet.
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European low-cost airline Ryanair, has inked a new ground handling agreement with Skytanking Aviation Services.

The collaboration, slated to commence from April 2024, is to provide ground handling services for the carrier’s growing network across key airports, including Germany’s Eindhoven Airport.

Supporting Increased Network Operations

With an extensive network spanning over 3,600 daily flights and now ferrying more than 183.5 million passengers annually, Ryanair is seeking efficient ground handling support for its burgeoning operational network.

On time performance becomes a critical consideration, dictating the need for efficient operations from the ground up.

Tom Kelly, Deputy Director of Ground Operations at Ryanair, expressed his enthusiasm for the newly forged partnership.

He emphasized its pivotal role in sustaining Ryanair’s renowned swift turnaround times, a cornerstone of its commitment to offering budget-friendly air travel.

“This initial 6-year deal will ensure that Ryanair can continue to deliver its industry-leading turnaround times, a vital part in keeping our fares low for our customers,” Kelly emphasized.

Kelly also reiterated the significance of such collaborations in preserving competitive fares for the airline’s loyal customer base.


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Craig Denmark, General Manager of Ground Handling at Skytanking Aviation Services, echoed Kelly’s sentiments, highlighting the shared vision of delivering excellence in service provision.

Denmark emphasized Skytanking’s dedication to meeting Ryanair’s exacting standards, underscoring their pledge to ensure safety, professionalism, and timeliness at every turn.

“As we continue to diversify our services and expand our ground handling footprint, our focus is on delivering exactly what Ryanair and its customers require, and that is a safe, professional, and on-time operation,” said Denmark.

This alignment of values bodes well for a fruitful and enduring partnership between the two industry stalwarts.

As the aviation landscape continues to evolve, adaptability and collaboration emerge as indispensable assets.

The six-year pact between Ryanair and Skytanking Aviation Services sets a solid foundation for navigating the dynamic challenges of the industry.

With a focus on innovation and customer-centric solutions, the partnership aims to integrate strong ground handling support into the airline’s overall operation.

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