Celebi Business Partners

“Our Strength is our Service”, is Çelebi’s Motto, Vision and Practice for more than 55 years in the aviation business.Çelebi Aviation Inc., provides full ground handling and warehousing services in two continents, 5 countries and 36 different airports, in compliance with international best practices and quality standards and with the principle of attaining the absolute customers’ satisfaction. Celebi, your Global Solutions Partner for Ground Handling and Cargo, provides successfully to a broad number of Airlines and other Aviation stakeholders, Ground handling Services in 31 airports in Turkey, in Europe at Budapest and Vienna-Airports and in India at Mumbai and Delhi airports and provides cargo services and warehouse operations at Istanbul-Turkey, Budapest-Hungary, Frankfurt-Germany, and Delhi-India airports


The Çelebi Aviation Inc. providing Ground Handling and Cargo Services and carrying out Warehouse Operations in two continents, five countries and 36 airports by its affiliates and partnerships with its more than 11000 employees. Çelebi Hava Servisi A.Ş. which has taken its place among the pioneering companies of the Turkish civil aviation with its more than 55 years of rooted history. Çelebi Hava Servisi A.Ş. recently carries out ground handling operations in most important 31 airports of Turkey. Taking significant steps as part of its strategy to grow in international arena as of 2006, the Çelebi Aviation Group is listed among the most important global brands of Turkish civil aviation today. Along with its activities in Turkey, the Çelebi Ground Handling Inc. . successfully provides ground handling services at Budapest-Hungary and Vienna-Austria airports in Europe, and Mumbai and Delhi airports in India, and cargo services and warehouse operations in Budapest-Hungary, Frankfurt-Germany, and Delhi-India airports. In addition, Çelebi Ground Handling Inc is transferring its know how to ground handling services in Saudia’s 4 stations as well in co-operation with Fly Nas starting from 2014.

Çelebi-Actera Partnership
As per Agreement signed on 5.2.2013 between Çelebi & Actera Group; fifty percent of shares in Turkish Çelebi Group’s subsidiary Çelebi Aviation Holding were transferred to a private equity fund focused in Turkey, Actera Group; the largest private equity firm dedicated to investments in Turkey and in surrounding geography with a total equity capitalization in excess of $1.6 billion, Following this partnership; Çelebi’s financial and corporate structure gained more power, aiming to become an international brand; consequently, its growing is accelerated within the growing strategies planning in aviation sector, in Turkey and abroad.Holding capital, voting rights and management control equally shared by Actera Group and the Çelebioğlu Family.

The Board is formed currently by Mr. Can Çelebioğlu as Chairman and Mr. Isak Antika as Vice Chairman, Mrs. Canan Çelebioğlu is Çelebi Aviation Holding Shareholder & Board member. Celebi Aviation Holding CEO is Mr. Onno Boots..


Turkey’s first privately owned Ground Handling Services Company, Celebi, commenced operations at Ankara Esenboğa Airport on February 1st, 1958.

Çelebi’s Portfolio of Services

  •   Passenger Services
  •   Ramp Services
  •   Load Control, Communications
  •   Representation, Administration and Supervision
  •   Cargo and Mail/Warehouse Services
  •   Trucking and Off-line Cargo Handling
  •   Support Services
  •   Security Services
  •   Executive Aviation Services
  •   Platinum Services

Çelebi milestones;

  • 1958 – Çelebi Ground Handling is founded at Ankara Esenboğa Airport as the first privately-owned ground handling services company in Turkey.
  • 1969 – Çelebi established the İstanbul branch.
  • 2003 – Çelebi Ground Handling is awarded the contract to build DHMİ‟s second international terminal at Antalya Airport under a “Build-Operate-Transfer” model.
  • -The Çelebi Cargo Warehouse went into service at İstanbul Atatürk Airport.
  • -Operations began at Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Kayseri, Samsun and Trabzon airports.
  • 2005 – 2nd International Terminal at Antalya Airport opens.
  • – A new warehouse went into service and work began on building a third.
  • 2006 – Launch of stations in Tokat, Isparta and Mardin.
  • – Çelebi took over the ground handling services contract for Budapest Ferihegy
    International Airport.
  • 2007 – Operations commenced at Budapest Ferihegy Airport.
  • 2008 – Çelebi NAS India consortium won the license to operate ground handling services in Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
  • 2009 – Çelebi was awarded with the license of Delhi Cargo Terminal Management for 25 years and took over the management in November 2009.
  • – New import warehouse is opened for service at Atatürk International Airport in İstanbul.
  • – Çelebi Ground Handling began serving at İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
  • – Çelebi was also granted the right to provide ground handling services at Brussels South Cherleroi Airport in Belgium.
  • 2010 – In June, Çelebi started to offer ground handling services in addition to the cargo warehousing services in New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • 2011 – Start of operations at a new warehouse at Frankfurt Airport, Cargo City South.
  • – Çelebi Ground Handling began services at Balikesir Körfez and Çanakkale Airports.
  • – Vienna International Airport was the latest addition to the portfolio of locations where Çelebi provides its high-quality services.

2014- Çelebi Havacılık Group strengthens further with its strategic purchase in Vienna.
with a contract signed, the CSGA (Çelebi Ground Services Austria GmbH – Çelebi Austria) purchased all capital shares of the Austroport (Austroport Boden- & Flugzeugabferti-gungs GmbHü), which was its rival on passenger services at Vienna Airport.

2014- Çelebi’s other strategic purchase in Germany
Çelebi, the pioneer company of ground-handling, cargo and warehouse operations in Turkey, made a significant purchase in Germany as part of its strategy to expand in the international arena. An “share purchase agreement” which requires transfer of all shares of Aviapartner Cargo GmbH to Celebi Cargo GmBH, being active in Germany’s Frankfurt and Hahn international airports, Aviapartner Cargo GmbH is one of the three companies which have direct access to the cargo apron.125,000 tonnes of Cargo, 12.6 million Euro turnover being active in Germany’s Frankfurt and Hahn international airports, Aviapartner Cargo GmbH is one of the three companies which have direct access to the cargo apron. Aviapartner Cargo GmbH had 142,000 tonnes of cargo volume and reached nearly 16 million Euro turnover in 2013. Benefiting from the operational and administrative synergy that will be created together with the Aviapartner Cargo GmbH after the purchase of shares, Çelebi Cargo GmbH targets to expand its market share in Frankfurt International Airport, and become one of the biggest players in the region. When the figures of both companies are scrutinised, it is seen that they reached a cargo volume of over 230,000 tonnes and nearly 28 million Euro turnover in 2013. After the purchase, Çelebi will have the control of facilities which have 35,000 square meter covered warehouse in Frankfurt and Hahn airports. Recently 400 people are employed in these facilities.

At Çelebi;

  • Our aim and strategy is to develop and implement new safe, effective and optimized handling processes as well as to develop and introduce new handling products with a focus on fully-automated operations, but with the flexibility and control through human and manual oversight and involvement. That is combine/infuse technology with spirit and emotion to create a Living Technology, all backed by continuous training, mentoring and talent management geared towards employees
  • We differentiate ourselves completely through investment in technology and equipment and maintain this in a careful and strict way. The highest state of art equipment is implemented to deliver efficiencies and high quality
  • We implement handling as well as distribution products at and beyond the hubs, which are best-in-excellence. That is to lead the way with regards to high quality delivery, real-time communications and customer service products.
  • Our focus is to empower and develop management and create a working environment which engages staff positively in the developing direction of the company. That is staff identifies with and enjoys working with and at Çelebi.
  • We will show the strength of and develop further the Çelebi quality focused brand and identity.

Çelebi‟s broad technical expertise has been acquired by its more than fifty five years of handling experience. Throughout these years, Çelebi has been implementing state of the art planning and realtime dispatching systems to support our national and international operational teams in the most effective way, always respecting Çelebi‟s core values: clients, creativity, quality and safety, competitiveness, people‟s business, environment, team work, engagement, transparency, integrity, innovation, learning organization and collaboration

Quality : Service Excellence Conforming to International Standards
The integrated quality management system at each of Çelebi’s companies is The sense of tradition, experience, advanced technology, investment in people, the ability to act nimbly and flexibly, and the quality approach that has been present since the day they were founded have made Celebi Aviation companies the leaders in their sectors. Certified with ISO 9001:2008, ISO14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certificates.

ISAGO Certification
Celebi Ground Handling Turkey is the first and sole ISAGO registered service provider for 11 airports in accordance with SHY-22, Regulation on Airports Ground Handling Services.

Green Airport Certification
Çelebi’s İzmir, Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman stations were given “Green Airport Certification” in a national scheme run by the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority to recognize companies which strive and work for environmental-friendly workplace policy.
In addition, Celebi Ground Handling Turkey follows the EFQM Excellence model and it is certified with “EFQM Recognized for Excellence 4 stars” award.
Celebi makes the difference in productivity, quality, and service through the meaningful efforts of its personnel, by ensuring communication flows and encouraging their active participation and teamwork. Celebi strives to be the preferred employer throughout its global network..

International Memberships
Celebi is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA/IGHC), the Airport Services Association (ASA), AVIANCE, the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), Freight Forwarders Association-Turkey (UTIKAD) and other global organizations of related stakeholders.

2013 – The Ground Handler of the Year
Çelebi Ground Handling, present at all major airports in Turkey and abroad, on two continents providing ground handling, cargo, warehousing services to more than 300 customers, has been awarded as “ 2013 – Ground Handler of the Year” by the Air Transport News, Civil Aviation’s well known publishing, at the 2013 – Air Transport news Awards Ceremony on March 17, 2013 in Montreal, Canada.
Çelebi uses the highest quality and safety standards and takes great care in assuring personnel development in an ecological environment.