Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will end in-house ground handling with its existing contracts to be transferred to Menzies Aviation, according to the union representing the airport’s ground handling staff. The Scottish firm operates at over 250 airports in more than sixty countries. It is due to take over Air Serbia’s ground handling operations from Belgrade Airport this Thursday. The union has expressed its dissatisfaction with the latest developments, noting the airport plans to transfer all ground handling staff to Menzies under less favourable contracts. According to the union, Belgrade Airport plans to discontinue its ground handling division altogether. Air Serbia accounts for about 70% of Belgrade Airport’s in-house ground handling business. Outsourcing ground handling to specialised companies is common at European airports. Other active handlers at Belgrade Airport include Sky Partner, which caters for the likes of Wizz Air and the Lufthansa Group, as well as the Goldair Handling, which recently secured its first contract in Belgrade with LOT Polish Airlines.

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