John Menzies has acquired Airline Services, a Manchester-based aircraft de-icing specialist, from Airline Services and Components Group.

The deal, which sees the company become part of Menzies aviation business, takes the FTSE-listed business into four new UK airports: Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham and Exeter.

Airline Services has an annual turnover of £34.9m. It provides de-icing and aircraft presentation services to over 60 airlines at 12 UK airports, together with ground handling operations at London Gatwick.

Menzies is currently looking at selling its distribution arm.