Iberia Airport Services submits its best offers to AENA for the new handling licences at 41 airports.

posted on 1st December 2022 by Eddie Saunders
Iberia Airport Services submits its best offers to AENA for the new handling licences at 41 airports.

In 37 airports it is bidding individually and in another four it will do so in a Joint Venture or UTE, in order to maximise its chances of winning all the tenders.

– At each airport it will present a customised bid, which has been constructed with a focus on sustainability, innovation and costs, in line with the requirements of AENA’s specifications.

– Iberia Airport Services is bidding for these licences after an agreement was reached last Thursday on the 22nd Ground Staff Collective Bargaining Agreement, which affects more than 8,000 Iberia airport workers.

Iberia Airport Services yesterday submitted bids to AENA for a handling licence at 41 Spanish airports, in 37 of which it is bidding alone and in the other four it will bid in a joint venture. These are Seville, Valencia, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, where it currently does not have a handling licence, and it has decided to adopt this formula to maximise its options for providing services to third parties at the 41 airports for which it is bidding.

1000 files, 337 folders, 3 GB

For each of the airports, Iberia Airport Services has designed fully customised offers that have been audited by Cap Gemini, a highly prestigious consultancy specialising in airport services. All these proposals are contained in more than 1,000 files, 337 folders and three gigabytes of information that were sent to AENA by telematic means yesterday.

More than 50 people from the Iberia Airport Services team, but also from other areas of the company such as human resources, sustainability, transformation and legal, among others, have been working for months on the different proposals for these tenders, which represent the great challenge for Iberia’s airport business in the coming years.

According to José Luis de Luna, Director of Airport Services, “thanks to everyone’s efforts, we have presented bids that we are convinced are the most competitive in order to continue to support all Iberia people who work in this business, and to continue to maintain it within Iberia”.


People, sustainability and innovation

For the renewal of its third-party handling licences, Iberia Airport Services is facing the most complex and competitive tender that AENA has published to date, due to the large number of companies that have shown their interest in the process and also due to the demanding requirements established in the specifications (more than 350 pages of requirements and annexes on operational and airport safety, environmental and sustainability requirements, technical and economic solvency…), which translates into an investment of millions of euros.

To meet these requirements, Iberia Airport Services has submitted a customised offer for each of the 41 airports it has built, focusing above all on sustainability, innovation and costs.

– Sustainability: Iberia Airport Services’ commitment is in line with the company’s sustainability strategy and, in order to obtain these licences, it has included in its offer a significant investment in equipment renewal and more than 30 other measures to improve waste management, increase the use of renewable energies and promote a sustainable culture among its employees.

– Innovation: Iberia Airport Services is already a pioneer in Spain in the digitalisation of its operations focused on coordination and decision-making in real time. In the coming years, it will develop an ambitious transformation programme with more than 60 transversal initiatives based on biometrics, telemetry and data analysis, among others, which will allow it to improve its efficiency and service to its customers.

– Costs: last Thursday, Iberia reached an agreement with the main trade unions on the 22nd Collective Agreement for Ground Staff, which affects 8,000 Iberia Airport Services workers, and which allows it to bid for these handling tenders with a cost base and the productivity improvement measures in terms of shift planning and schedules necessary to maintain its competitiveness.