ASIAN GROUND HANDLING~ SATS seeks jv opportunities that fit its expansion moves

Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) is actively exploring joint venture opportunities that will have a strategic fi t with its expansion plans, says SATS chiefoperating offi cer, Karmjit Singh. He says that SATS, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), remains committed to its overseas expansion strategy and is focusing on high growth markets such as […]


Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) is actively exploring joint venture opportunities that will have a strategic fi t with its expansion plans, says SATS chiefoperating offi cer, Karmjit Singh.

He says that SATS, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), remains committed to its overseas expansion strategy and is focusing on high growth markets such as China, India and the MiddleEast to boost long-term profi tability.

“Every now and then, we have been invited by overseas companies to explore possible joint ventures and we are also constantly in discussions with other interested parties,” he adds.

Last year, SATS tied up with Air India in a successful bid for a 15-year cargo handling and seven-year ground handling concessions at the upcoming new Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli, Bangalore. The airport is scheduled to start operations in April2008.

In June, SATS, together with its joint venture partners Air India and Indian Airlines, secured a seven-year ground handling concession at the new Hyderabad International Airport which isscheduled to open in March 2008.

In China, together with its Chinese partner, Capital Airports Holding Company, SATS is working to fi nalise the details of its expansion in the Mainland, which covers ground handling through its joint venture, Beijing Aviation Ground Services. SATS presently has a presenceat a total of 13 airports in China.