Babcock nets £440m Heathrow and British Airways contracts

ENGINEERING support services provider Babcock has been named preferred bidder on £440m worth of contracts at Heathrow.

The FTSE 100-listed company will provide ground fleet maintenance to British Airways and baggage handling operations and maintenance to Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL), formerly known as BAA.

Babcock will be responsible for the maintenance and support of baggage systems at Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5, in addition to its existing work at the airport’s Terminals 1 and 4.

Maintenance of British Airway’s ground support equipment at Heathrow – including de-icing units, passenger buses and lifts – will continue to be managed by Babcock, it said yesterday.

The two contracts, which will start in the first half of the next financial year, are for five years, with the option to extend the HAL contract by a further two years.

“The two awards reflect our proven ability to provide complex and critical mobile asset management and equipment support,” Babcock chief executive Peter Rogers said yesterday.

As well as Heathrow, Babcock currently provides services at Gatwick, Stansted and Edinburgh airports in the UK, as well as Amsterdam Schipol, Vancouver and Dubai airports.