Welcome to the Spring 2019 issue of Airside International, in which we take in the usual range of features and hot news from the ramp environment.
In the features, we take a look at how operators are better meeting the needs of GSE protection and maintenance, with prevention being better than cure very much the guiding principle here, while also investigating how airport operators can reduce their runway maintenance bills.
Changing customer demands and technological developments are the themes of an in-depth look at the high lifts and loaders segment of the GSE market, while we also talk to two handlers – Menzies and Swissport – about their global GSE fleet management and how they are optimising the value of their huge equipment inventories. Plus, Ground Team Red, a handler based in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, offers detail on the launch of its new digital control tower that is intended to ‘revolutionise’ ground handling.
Airside looks forward to the ever-popular annual Airport Show held in Dubai, while Mie Racjic – formerly of Copenhagen Airport – offers her thoughts on how big, modern airports can still act as a community with shared strategies for collective benefits. We talk to Milan Bergamo about the latest additions to its airside infrastructure, as well as to a number of GSE manufacturers – such as Aviramp and JBT – about their latest news, and also cast an eye over MSG’s new concept for faster aircraft deicing and washing. Finally, our regular Buyer’s Assessment covers KLM’s use of Denmark-based Power Stow’s Rollertrack Conveyor, and what the carrier believes makes that equipment such a valuable complement to traditional belt loaders.
We hope you enjoy the issue.