AVIAPARTNER is one of Europe's leading independent ground handlers, headquartered in Belgium, and offering a wide range of airport services at 32 airports in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland: passenger and baggage handling, ticketing, cargo and mail handling, ramp services, aircraft servicing and maintenance, flight operations and crew administration, load control and communications, surface transport of passengers and crews, operation of airport lounges, catering services, security services and executive aviations services. With ramp operations at 26 airports, its ramp services network is the densest of Western Europe. AVIAPARTNER services over 200 airlines. In 2002, it served 17 million passengers, provided ramp handling for over 173,000 aircraft and handled 640,000 tons of cargo. The group employs more than 4,500 staff. Aviapartner's consolidated turnover has risen by 13 % to reach EUR 236 million in 2002.