Nord Ovest; Lombardia; Milano
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.23 - Service activities incidental to air transportation

300 - 2,314 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 April 2014
Employment effect (start)
17 July 2014
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


The Italian company Sea Handling is to cease operations which will result in the loss of 2,214 jobs. Sea Handling is part of the Sea Group, which has created a new company called Airport Handling, to replace Sea Handling. The company supplies baggage handling services in the Airports of Milan (Linate and Malpensa).

The sources report that the replacement of the company is part of the measures undertaken by the public controlled Sea Group after the European Commission decision no. C (2012)/9448 of 19 December 2012, that classified subsequent capital injections to Sea Handling as state aid.

The company has started the collective dismissal procedure and is consulting with trade unions. According to the sources, 1,700 workers will be redeployed to Airport Handling by 1 July 2014. A further 300 workers will be supported by wage guarantee funds until the end of the year, when they will be redeployed within Sea Group. The remaining 300 workers will be offered voluntary dismissals or early retirement.

Updated, 16/07/2014: Following an intensive period of bargaining and the rejection of an initial agreement, the dispute with the company was ended: 1,700- 1,800 people will be redeployed by Airport Handling (1,579 FTEs), 250 employees will be redeployed within the Sea Group and there will be up to 300 voluntary dismissals. In adition the sources refer that a reduction of managers’ wage and bonuses has enabled to mitigate the clauses impacting on wages and working conditions.


  • 23 April 2014: La Provincia di Varese
  • 26 April 2014: Il Giorno
  • 28 April 2014: La Repubblica
  • 16 July 2014: Il Giorno


Eurofound (2014), Sea Handling, Closure in Italy, factsheet number 76932, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76932.