Milestones

MILESTONES

1958

Çelebi Ground Handling, the first private Turkish company to offer ground handling services, is founded at Ankara Esenboğa Airport. Iran Air and Sabena Belgian Airlines are the company's first customers.


1969

The Istanbul branch has established. That same year, the company begins serving Swissair at Ankara Esenboğa Airport.


1975

Çelebi Ground Handling moves its headquarters to Istanbul. The company begins providing ramp and passenger services to Austrian Airlines and British Airways.


1984

The company begins serving Lufthansa Airlines in Istanbul.


1986

Çelebi Ground Handling's station at İzmir Çiğli Airport is opened and begins serving the Lufthansa flights calling there.

 


1990

The Antalya station is opened and its first customer is Lufthansa

 


1991

As a result of changes in Turkey's Ground Handling Services Regulations, Çelebi begins serving charter and cargo flights in addition to the regularly scheduled flights that it has been serving so far. The Dalaman station is opened and the company begins serving the Hapag Lloyd, Martinair, and Britannia charter carriers there.

 


1993

Çelebi Ground Handling's Adana station is opened.


1997

The Bodrum airport station is opened and the company begins serving European and domestic carriers' charter flights in and out of that airport.


1998

Çelebi Ground Handling is awarded the ground handling services contract for Çorlu, a Turkish Air Force airbase.

1999

At the OSCE summit held in İstanbul this year, Çelebi Ground Handling is contracted to provide VIP service for attending head of state and their delegations.


2000

The AHS1000 quality system is established. Again playing a leading role, Çelebi Ground Handling becomes a founding member of AVIANCE, helping to create the international organization of independent ground handling companies.


2002

Çelebi Ground Handling signs a strategic cooperation and development agreement with the Spanish company, FCC Aqua y Entorno Urbano, S.A. Begins providing services at the Yenişehir Airport in Bursa.


2003

After establishing its Quality Management System, ÇGH receives ISO 9001:2000 certification from TÜV Rheinland. The cargo warehouse comes into service. Stations in Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Kayseri, Samsun and Trabzon established. The company wins the contract to build the second terminal at the Antalya Airport under the "build-operate-transfer" model.



2004

With the addition of the Gaziantep, Kars, Malatya, and Van stations, the number of service outlets is increased to 18. USD 20 million is invested in technical equipment. The company's issued capital is raised to TL 13.5 trillion (YTL 13.5 million). Work begins on the construction of the second international terminal at Antalya Airport. Six stations are simultaneously accredited for AHM 804 IATA System for Performance Measurement of Service Delivery Standards compliance.


2005

The number of Çelebi Ground Handling stations reaches 19 with the addition of Sivas. Construction of the 2nd international terminal at Antalya airport is completed and the terminal opens for service on April 7th. With the award of four new contracts, the company is now serving Turkish Airlines in 11 provinces.


2006

Çelebi has taken over the ground handling services contract for Budapest Ferihegy International Airport and operations started. With the launch of stations in Tokat, Isparta and Mardin, the number of stations reaches 21.

Çelebi Ground Handling's main shareholder, Çelebi Holding, won the tender opened to operate Antalya Seaport for 22 years together with a joint venture.

6% of Çelebi Ground Handling shares are sold to foreign investors.



2007

Çelebi Ground Handling reached an agreement with the Turkish Airlines Inc. to provide full ground handling services at Kars station.

Environmental Management System is established and certified by ISO 14001:2004 certificate.

Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series became operational and certified by OHSAS 18001:2007 certificate.

Çelebi Ground Handling earned "EFQM Commitment to Excellence Certification" awarded by KalDer Turkish Society for Quality


2008

Celebi NAS India consortium, in which Çelebi Ground Handling holds controlling interest, won the license to operate ground handling services at the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, the largest airport in India, for 10 years.



Denizli, Kahramanmaraş, Erzincan ve Hatay stations are opened.


2009

Çelebi Ground Handling (ÇGH) has been awarded a contract by Delhi Airport Private Ltd (DIAL), the operator of the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport in India’s capital New Delhi, to develop, modernize, and finance the existing cargo terminal and to operate the terminal for a period of twenty-five years.

Çelebi Ground Handling began providing service at İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) on 1 November 2009 and consequently the total number of Çelebi stations in Turkey rose to 25.

Çelebi Ground Handling, who continues its investments without any let up launched its third step in India. ÇGH submitted the winning bid on a license to carry out airport ground handling services for a period of ten years at Delhi International Airport. The contract award was announced by the airport’s operator, Delhi International Airport Private Ltd (DIAL), on 18 November 2009.



2010

Çelebi acquired preliminary permission to provide service at Balıkesir Körfez Airport (EDO) on September 03, 2010.


2011

Çelebi Ground Handling begins servicing at Balıkesir Körfez and Çanakkale Airports.

Çelebi started operations in its new warehouse opened at Frankfurt Cargo City South in International Frankfurt Airport, one of the key passenger and cargo traffic bases in the world.

Çelebi Ground Handling has acquired from Fraport and added to its organization the conduct of ground handling services at Vienna's international airport, a major European airline hub.





2012

Service begins in Kocaeli Airport as of May 01, 2012 under temporary license.