AVIATION business Premiere Handling has good reason to celebrate its 10th anniversary serving airlines operating at Manchester Airport.

The company has won business from three new customers in recent months resulting in 50 new jobs.
This year the handling agent has won contracts with Loganair, Scotland’s national airline that operates services from Manchester to Bergen in Norway, Inverness and Norwich.

Premiere Handling is also now working for Aurigny that flies between Manchester and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The airline is the main carrier for the Channel Islands, an important destination for business and holiday flyers.

Completing the trio of new airlines served by Premiere Handling from Manchester is Titan Airways that operates flights to Zadar in Croatia with Boeing 737 aircraft.

Premiere Handling provides a range of services including check-in, boarding, disembarkation, baggage handling, aircraft management and organising fuelling.

New jobs have been created in all departments.

Premiere Handling began at Manchester in 2008.

“There could not be a better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary at Manchester than to win three new airline customers,” said Julian van Gelder, Managing Director of Premiere Handling.

“This new work marks a major expansion for the business and has enabled us to create a significant number of new jobs.

“We are the only independent ground handling business in Manchester and work with aircraft ranging from the Antonov AN 124, the largest aircraft in the world, to small aircraft involved in ambulance flights and transporting organs for transplant.

“Our business operates 24 hours a day and our services can be tailored to cater for airlines of all types and sizes with differing requirements.”

Formed by Julian van Gelder in July 2008, Premiere Handling also supports some of the bigger handling agents and provides services to operators that fly to Manchester who don’t have handling agent contracts.

“It’s all about offering personal service to ensure that the client wants to use you again,” added Julian.

“The key to our job is flexibility.

“We are a 24/7 operation, 365 days a year and never say no to a request. The diverse nature of the work keeps it really interesting.”

Premiere is also involved in saving lives through its work with medical cases – such as when ill or injured holidaymakers are repatriated to Manchester from abroad and have to be flown back by air ambulance.

There is also a regular requirement for vital short notice charters carrying transplant organs and surgeons too, often in the early hours. Small aircraft move organs and specialist medical teams between major cities in the UK, in which Premiere play a vital part.

Manchester Airport is the largest in the UK outside London, handling almost 30 million passengers and more than 200,000 aircraft movements each year.

Premiere Handling also serves London Heathrow and Birmingham Airport in partnership with Italian group Azzurra.

The operation in Birmingham started in 2017 and has created 40 jobs.