Brazil’s aviation set to experience world-class ground handling

“The purchase of RM Ground Services is an important milestone for dnata. This latest acquisition opens the door for dnata to serve one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation regions, South America. We look forward to building on the excellent foundations that already exist at RM Ground Services. We have found a great partner and passionate aviation expert in Ricardo Morrison,” said Stewart Angus, dnata’s Divisional Senior Vice President of International Airport Operations.

Founded by Ricardo Morrison in 2004, RM Ground Services operates at more airports in Brazil than any other ground handling company in the country. It offers passenger and ramp handling as well as cargo services. The company has 2,100 employees, serves over 400 flights a day at 24 airports across the nation, and is highly regarded for the quality of its operations and staff.

The company’s domestic clients include GOL, AZUL, Avianca and TAM Airlines. RM Ground Services also provides services to international airlines and major cargo carriers. Ricardo Morrison will continue as the CEO as will the other staff, but the company is being rebranded as dnata.

“We are pleased to partner with dnata to bring a new range of services, products and knowledge to our customers in Brazil. dnata’s commitment to service excellence, safety, security and technology will improve not only the experience for our airline customers, but also for the passengers who travel with them. Together, we will enhance the expertise of our staff and the quality of our services to levels that have not been seen before in the region,” said CEO Ricardo Morrison.

Brazil aviation highlights:

  • Brazil has 2500 airports, the second largest after the US in terms of number of airports in a country
  • Brazil has experienced 39% passenger growth since 2010 and this is expected to double by 2020
  • FIFA World Cup and Olympics 2016 are significant growth drivers for Brazil’s aviation industry
  • Frequency of flights’ year-on-year trend presents stable growth at an average rate of 5% year on year
  • Growth rate of seat capacity has been at an average of 10% year-on-year - had increased to an average of 14% year-on year in 2005
  • Brazil held 61% of the South American aviation market in 2011

The Brazilian aviation industry is going through a period of rapid growth, with an increase in passenger demand for travel, combined with greater domestic and international investment into the country. The rapid growth has presented a challenge to airports and surrounding infrastructure as they try to keep pace. However, investment continues into the country as Brazil’s economy along with the rest of South America’s economy strengthens, presenting new opportunities for growth for US and European carriers looking for strong yielding routes.