Menzies Aviation wins seven licences in Spanish tender

Menzies Aviation ground staff around airplane.
Photo Credit: Menzies Aviation

Menzies Aviation, a global leader in providing essential services to airports and airlines, has secured seven ground handling licenses from the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA).

The award of seven ramp licences came as part of a major tender encompassing a total of 41 licenses at 43 airports throughout Spain.

The Spanish tender is largest ground handling tender in the world, estimated to be worth more than 5 billion EUR in total.

The recently awarded clutch of ground handling licences for the global service provider has cemented Menzies’ position as a key player in the Spanish ground services sector.

Strategic Locations

The awarded ground handling licenses cover a strategic selection of airports in Spain:

  1. Barcelona (BCN)
  2. Palma Mallorca (PMI)
  3. Malaga (AGP)
  4. Alicante (ALC)
  5. Gran Canaria (LPA)
  6. Tenerife Sur (TFS)
  7. Tenerife Norte (TFN)


These licenses are slated to be in effect for seven years, spanning from early 2024 to 2031, during which Menzies will provide comprehensive ramp and passenger services at the seven airports.

Photo Credit: Menzies Aviation

Company Initiatives

Menzies Aviation is committed to upholding best-in-class standards and fostering sustainability across its Spanish operations. To achieve this, the company will undertake several initiatives, including:

Upskilling Employees: Menzies will provide its new employees with industry-leading safety, training, and operational procedures to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.

Investing in Electric Ground Service Equipment: The introduction of brand-new electric Ground Service Equipment (GSE) equipped with telematics and cutting-edge safety devices will enhance both safety and sustainability.

Digital Aircraft Turn-Around: A roadmap for a new-generation digital aircraft turn-around process will be developed, positively impacting ramp efficiency, safety, and sustainability.

Integration of IT Systems: Menzies will ensure that its operational IT systems are seamlessly connected and integrated with airport and airline IT platforms.

A Proven Track Record in Spain

Menzies Aviation has been operating in Spain since 2004 and will continue to provide passenger services at an additional seven airports.

Miguel Gomez, Executive Vice President Europe at Menzies Aviation, expressed the company’s gratitude, stating, “We are honored that the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA) has awarded Menzies licenses to deliver our safe and trusted services in seven airports across Spain, including two new airports.”

“These stations will complement our existing operations across Europe, which now includes 51 airports in 16 countries, and follows successful acquisitions and partnerships in Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Italy.”

“We look forward to welcoming new colleagues to the Menzies team and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and career goals.”

Menzies CEO Comments

Philipp Joeinig, CEO of Menzies Aviation, also expressed his pride in the company’s achievement, saying, “We are extremely proud to be selected as one of the main ground handling partners by the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA).”

“We take pride in providing the safest, most secure, and consistent services tailored to our customers’ needs and look forward to providing a full range of passenger and ramp services at seven airports in Spain and continuing to provide passenger services at a further seven airports.”

“In August, airports in the AENA network hit a historical passenger record, with a 5.7% increase in airport turns. We look forward to working with AENA as a strategic partner, supporting our airline customers to continue this impressive growth.”

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