Airnautic proves there is still a place for the independent

With companies such as ECS andAir Logistics trumpeting the benefitsof multinational GSAs, is there still aplace in the world for single countryGSAs? L¨¦on Meier, president of Airnautic,one of Switzerland’s oldest GSAs andrepresentative in that country of ChinaSouthern, Air New Zealand and BimanBangladesh, certainly thinks so.With a history dating back to 1958, hesays the company has […]


With companies such as ECS andAir Logistics trumpeting the benefitsof multinational GSAs, is there still aplace in the world for single countryGSAs?

L¨¦on Meier, president of Airnautic,one of Switzerland’s oldest GSAs andrepresentative in that country of ChinaSouthern, Air New Zealand and BimanBangladesh, certainly thinks so.With a history dating back to 1958, hesays the company has an unrivalledknowledge of the Swiss market, anda depth that the multinational GSAscannot match.

For example, Airnautic is presentat all three international airports inSwitzerland ¨C Zurich, Geneva andBasel. "Not many GSAs can say that,"says Meier. And not only can it takedeliveries from forwarders at all thesethree points, but it also does pick-upsfrom the shipper for shipments over1/5 tonnes. "That reduces the amountof transhipment, and so reduces theopportunities for loss and damage,"Meier points out.

Since Switzerland has almost nofreighter operations, Airnautic’s customerstend to be offline. But anotherace up the company’s sleeve is its roadfeeder network, which reaches Amsterdam,Frankfurt, Paris and Luxembourgdaily, with regular services also to otherEuropean hubs.

Thus Airnautic can feed ChinaSouthern flights out of Amsterdam, aswell as serving Martinair and Polar AirCargo flights out of the same airport. "Itwas trucking service and our presenceat all three airports which persuaded Martinair to close their Swiss office anduse us instead in 1999," says Meier." We now feed cargo to them in Amsterdam for destinations all over their network, including Asia."