Welcome to the Autumn 2019 issue of Airside International, in which we offer a bumper issue looking forward to the world’s biggest airport-related exhibition. In an interview with the managing director of show organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions, Sandra Hamann, we take a look at what we can expect from inter airport Europe 2019, and how this year’s event will in all likelihood build on the success of its past.
Staying on the subject of industry events, the GSE & RAMP-OPS AFRICA Review piece looks back at this magazine’s sister conference and exhibition, held for the first time in the rapidly evolving African market.
Four of the features in this issue of the magazine relate directly to GSE, one assessing how demand for – and supply of – more environmentally friendly equipment is changing the airside operating environment in many parts of the world. Another considers GSE engine technology, the third ground power units and pre-conditioned air units, and the fourth tugs and tractors; in these areas, too, the need to minimise harmful emissions is a key driver of change.
And the last of our major features of this issue assesses the changing world of on-airport aircraft de-icing.
The ramp and ongoing modernisation of apron areas is an ongoing focus of Airside International and this issue is no different. Here, investment in new infrastructure and equipment across a large number of North American gateways has been our focus, encompassing new developments at airports including Miami, Tampa, Oakland, Rickenbacker and Vancouver. Europe is also not forgotten, with a glimpse into a busy future for Finland’s Helsinki Airport.
The world according to the GSE provider is not forgotten, as we meet suppliers of airside equipment including Transtec Overseas. We hear the latest news from CIMC Airmarrel, while new technologies are the focus of considerations of Vanderlande’s innovative automated FLEET baggage handling system and Aurrigo’s autonomous ramp baggage dolly being trialled by British Airways at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
AVIACO CEO Danny Vranckx welcomed Airside to the GSE refurbishment specialist’s new facility in Spain as the company expands rapidly across new markets, growing its international footprint.
Nick Klause, head of product management at Lippstadt, Germany-based ASO Safety Solutions – manufacturer of safety systems for equipment in many industries, including aviation – offers his thoughts on what his company offers that cannot be readily sourced elsewhere.
The all-important work of the ground handler is also put under the spotlight. We talk to ground service provider Link Aero’s CEO Amr Samir, while Pegasus’ vice president of ground operations tells Airside about how the Turkish low-cost carrier has ramped up its on-time performance and customer satisfaction through the introduction of new technologies and new processes.
US ground services provider PrimeFlight Aviation Services is expanding, and we take a look at the latest moves it is making.
Finally, two of our regular Buyer’s Assessments complete the issue. One takes a look at the success of Aviramp’s innovative mobile walk-through boarding bridges at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on the US West Coast, and the other considers the value of ASI Solutions’ Rhinophalt runway resurfacing option for Alderney Airport in the Channel Islands.
We hope you enjoy the issue.
Featured in this issue
Canada’s Toronto Pearson International Airport – Canada’s largest airport in terms of total passenger traffic and North America’s second-largest in terms of international traffic – is one ga...Read More
Moving with the times
CIMC Airmarrel, a specialist in loaders and transporter design and production, is adding to its GSE’s capabilities with the latest technological developments CIMC Airmarrel can trace its history ...Read More
Bringing high-tech to pushback
Airport pushback tugs and tractors is perhaps not the industry sector best known for rapid technological change, but high-tech advances are certainly finding their way into this facet of airside opera...Read More
Encouraging the transition to green GSE
Airlines and airports receive a lot of unwanted attention in relation to the emissions produced by the aircraft that are otherwise such a welcome feature of the modern world. Both carriers and airline...Read More
inter airport Europe 2019 preview
Nicola Hamann, managing director of Mack Brooks Exhibitions, which organises inter airport Europe, spoke to Airside International about the forthcoming event to be held in Munich this October It is...Read More
Powering the future
A number of manufacturers of engines used in GSE are committing themselves to minimising emissions and – to this end – assessing the feasibility of various electric driveline options Columbus, ...Read More
A look back at GSE & RAMP-OPS AFRICA
A welcome reception was held on the evening of Monday 10 June at the hotel to greet delegates, exhibitors and sponsors alike, the first opportunity for all involved in GSE & RAMP-OPS AFRICA to beg...Read More
ASO Safety Solutions broadens its reach
Can you describe ASO’s growth since its foundation in the mid-1980s, and how you have developed your product offering over the years? ASO Safety Solutions has grown from a small craft business i...Read More
Buyer’s Assessment (Alderney Airport/ASI Solutions)
In 2018, Alderney Airport benefited from a runway refurbishment carried out with ASI Solutions’ Rhinophalt and Rhino-Dust products Alderney is the northernmost of the Channel Islands, the small i...Read More
Buyer’s Assessment (SEA/Aviramp)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), in Washington State on the West Coast of the US, benefits from the extensive use of a number of Aviramp mobile walk-through boarding bridges that serve ...Read More
Connecting with customers
Link Aero is a ground handler and aviation services provider that has grown rapidly since its creation in 1992. Ensuring customer satisfaction is at the heart of its offering, explains CEO Amr Samir ...Read More
Transtec Overseas ramps up
Mumbai-headquartered GSE manufacturer Transtec Overseas is expanding its product portfolio and investing in technological innovation as it meets growing demand for GSE to serve the large narrowbody fl...Read More
AVIACO GSE: going places
AVIACO GSE is a company on the move, in more ways than one. Operating in its current format for just five years, it has grown quickly in its role of GSE refurbishing specialist. It then sells or lease...Read More
Pegasus soars higher
Turkish low-cost carrier (LCC) Pegasus Airlines is doing much to continually improve its customers’ experience, and this has included upgrading its ground handling operations. Vice president of grou...Read More
PrimeFlight Aviation Services acquisition expands its reach
Sugar Land, Texas-headquartered PrimeFlight Aviation Services has acquired Washington-based air cargo and ground handling company Majestic Terminal Services in a move that will broaden PrimeFlight’s...Read More
MIA to spend on new infrastructure and facilities
The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners has given the green light to a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that will fund up to US$5 billion in modernisation projects for Miami International...Read More
Tampa looks to the future
Florida gateway Tampa International Airport is continuing to invest in a master plan for infrastructure development, including new airside and landside facilities Tampa International Airport (TPA) ...Read More
Port of Oakland demonstrates new ARFF capacity
Earlier this year, Oakland International Airport showed off two brand-new fire-fighting vehicles as part of a simulated emergency response training exercise. The Panther aircraft rescue and fire-fight...Read More
Rickenbacker to invest federal funds
Ohio’s Rickenbacker International Airport, a specialised cargo gateway, is to receive US$15 million from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport improvements. It plans to spend the ...Read More
Air Canada builds GSE and cargo facility at Edmonton
Air Canada is looking ahead to the day when it will have use of a dedicated GSE and cargo building at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) Work on the construction of the building began in October ...Read More
Helsinki Airport expands its long-haul capacity
A new, state-of-the-art West Pier – forest-themed in its design and build – opened its doors in May this year. It represents a major step forward for the Nordic long-haul hub, but it is only one p...Read More
Testing continues on unmanned baggage dolly
As of late June, an autonomous baggage dolly had been on trial at London Heathrow Terminal 5 for some six weeks. The proof of concept testing has been carried out as a partnership between Coventry, UK...Read More
DFW tests autonomous baggage mover airside
Following on from the theme of Aurrigo’s autonomous baggage dolly being tested on the ramp at London Heathrow International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) in the US has acted as the host f...Read More
The technology used in ground power units (GPUs) and pre-conditioned air units (PCAs) is changing, particularly in terms of the lengths to which manufacturers will now go in order to minimise the envi...Read More
Vancouver celebrates construction milestone
Canada’s Vancouver International Airport has reached a major marker in the ongoing development programme that it believes will enhance its position as a ‘world-class hub’ This summer, Vancouv...Read More