Babcock International has been named the preferred bidder to provide ground fleet maintenance to British Airways and baggage handling systems operations and maintenance to Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL).

The contracts are worth around £440m in total. If confirmed, they will begin in the next few months and run for five years.

The BA contract is a continuation of Babcock’s activities in maintaining the ground support equipment fleet at Heathrow, including de-icing units, passenger buses, scissor lifts and pushback tractors.