Havaş completes acquisition of Zagreb ground handling company

Türkiye-based global ground handling brand Havaş acquired MZLZ Ground Handling Services operating at Zagreb Airport. Zagreb becomes the 31st airport in the portfolio of Havaş.

Havaş, a TAV Airports and Groupe ADP company, began providing services in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. Operating at 29 airports in Türkiye, Havaş extended its global reach to Zagreb in addition to Riga, Latvia.

With the agreement signed today, Havaş took over passenger, ramp, representation and supervision services, flight operation, load control and communication services as well as cargo and mail services at Zagreb Airport.

Havaş General Manager S. Mete Erna stated, “We focus on constantly improving our operations through innovative solutions and providing the best service to our airline collaborations. As a member of the Turquality program, we take the opportunities to achieve growth abroad with the know-how we have gained in Türkiye. Approximately 30 airlines regularly fly to Zagreb Airport, which is a significant touristic destination in the Adriatic. We will carry out all processes as the sole ground handling service provider at the airport, which also has cargo and general aviation traffic. We will increase the efficiency of our operations, sustain our investments in ground handling services and continue to be the preferred business partner of airlines.”

Havaş will provide service in Zagreb with approximately 500 employees and a machine park consisting of 176 motorized and 346 wheeled equipment. The Zagreb station is holds ISAGO certification by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

In 2019, Zagreb Airport served 3 million 435 thousand passengers and 45 thousand flights, as well as approximately 13,000 tons of cargo. Due to travel restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the passenger traffic at the airport in 2021 was around 41% of the traffic in 2019.

The consortium including TAV Airports and Groupe ADP holds the right to operate Zagreb Airport until 2042.

About Havaş

Havaş, a TAV Airports and Groupe ADP company, operates at 29 airports in Türkiye, as well as Zagreb Airport in Croatia and Riga Airport in Latvia. Established in 1958 and having become a well-established ground handling services brand in Türkiye, Havaş provides warehouse services at Istanbul, Antalya, Ankara and Izmir airports.  In addition to ground handling, cargo and warehouse services, the company also provides passenger transportation service between airports and city centers.


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