DHL Supply Chain has won a five-year contract with easyJet to manage its ground handling operations at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The new contract expands its partnership with the budget airline which launched in 2017 when DHL was appointed to manage ground-handling services at London Gatwick.

DHL will deliver customer service and logistics operations at the Liverpool airport, including check-in, bag-drop, baggage logistics, dispatch and pushback.

As part of the deal, DHL will also introduce electric equipment with a target of transitioning to a 90% electric fleet by September 2024.

New electric equipment will include electric steps, belts and pushback tugs.

Ahead of the implementation of the equipment, the ground-handling team at Liverpool Airport will receive training, forming part of a broader programme investing in upskilling staff.

The logistics operator said it had also extended its partnership with easyJet at Bristol and Manchester airports until 2029.

David Johnson, VP aviation and travel at DHL Supply Chain, said: “The past seven years have seen our partnership with easyJet develop significantly and we are both proud and excited to see it expanding into a fourth major UK airport.

“We are committed to supporting easyJet with a flexible and evolving service that can match changing demands and pressures. By rolling out electric ground-handling equipment at Liverpool Airport, we will also provide more sustainable solutions in line with our own GoGreen sustainability strategy.”