Welcome to the Summer 2018 issue of Airside International, in which we continue with one of the themes of the Spring issue of the magazine – ramp safety and security – and consider how ramp operators can best be trained in these critical issues.
Another features analyses the evolving market for that most specialised of airport infrastructure niches: hangars and hangar doors.
Plus, this issue takes a look at the prospects for autonomous GSE with the innovative Yeti system having been trialled on controlling a small fleet of snow-ploughing vehicles at a Norwegian airport; and very successfully too.
With regard to the latest news from airport owner/operators, there is a European bent, as we talk to a range of operators in the UK (Doncaster Sheffield Airport owner Peel, Southend Airport’s Stobart Aviation and Manchester Airport’s Manchester Airport Group) and Germany (Stuttgart and Munich Airport’s operators) about the big plans they have for their respective gateways.
We also talk to a used GSE supplier, AVIACO, and a well-established new GSE supplier in the form of ITW GSE; big ramp handlers Swissport, Menzies and Çelebi; an airline, Germania; and a number of technology suppliers that support GSE operators, including Honeywell, to find out about their role in the airside business and their plans for the future.
Our regular Buyer’s Assessment piece concerns British Airway’s decision to employ a number of electrically powered, remote-controlled Mototok tugs to handle its short-haul operations at Terminal 5A at London Heathrow. Is that a glimpse into the future for aircraft tugs?
Featured in this issue
Fighting fire with…emergency vehicles
No GSE market ever stands still, and that is certainly true for the vehicles that provide the critical aircraft rescue and fire-fighting (ARFF) capability required at all major airports Leonding, Aus...Read More
Migrating the hazards of the apron
Airside talked to three highly experienced providers of ramp operator training about the importance of such coaching, as well as how the challenges of the ramp are changing and how training should evo...Read More
Swissport acquires Australasian handler
On 7 March, global aviation services provider Swissport acquired Aerocare, a leading ground handler in Australia and New Zealand, as well as subsidiaries Carbridge, Skycare and EasyCart The acquisi...Read More
Pegasus continues its rapid expansion
Over the course of last year, Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines handled a total of nearly 28 million customers – approximately 17 million flying on services within Turkey and approximately 10.5 milli...Read More
Çelebi develops its ground handling footprint beyond Turkey
Earlier this year, Istanbul-headquartered ground handler Çelebi Aviation Holding began handling at Cochin Airport in India, the first national market in which it chose to become active outside of Tur...Read More
There are comparatively few manufacturers of hangars and the specialist doors that are a fundamental part of the vast majority of major airports around the world. Airside talks to a hangar manufacture...Read More
Honeywell and Pinnacle collaborate on the ‘connected ramp’
Co-operation between the two partners involving telematics and GSE ramp management software has created a solution – GoDirect Ground – that can provide airlines and ground handlers with real-time ...Read More
Buyer’s Assessment: British Airways
In this Buyer’s Assessment, Richard Treeves – British Airways Heathrow Programme Delivery Manager – talks us through the value to the UK carrier of remote-controlled, electric-powered Mototok tu...Read More
Germania spreads its wings
Berlin-based airline Germania is expanding its fleet and network, and is making changes on the ground as a result Germania, which serves a wide-ranging network of leisure destinations from Germany, i...Read More
Ploughing a lone furrow
Will testing on semi-autonomous snow-ploughing at Norway’s Fagernes Airport pave the way for the GSE of the future? At a little air gateway in Leirin, Norway, an Abominable Snowman – a Yeti – h...Read More
Fuelling the Northern Powerhouse
It is not just in the south of England that huge investment is required for airport operators to keep up with ever-increasing demand for aviation capacity, and Manchester Airport is keen to play a ful...Read More
Doncaster Sheffield Airport outlines its vision for the future
In March Peel Airports, operator of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA), announced a new vision and master plan laying out the growth that it expects the gateway to achieve over the next 20 years Execu...Read More
Munich Airport on the up
Munich Airport CEO Michael Kerkloh tells Airside about the big plans for expansion he and his team have for the busy Bavarian gateway German flag-carrier Lufthansa is growing its presence at Munich. ...Read More
Green is the colour for Stuttgart Airport
Over the last few years, Germany’s Stuttgart Airport has worked hard to minimise its environmental footprint, and it is keen to do more, as airport CEO Walter Schoefer explains In 2017, Stuttgart A...Read More
Looking ahead to inter airport China in Beijing
Mr Shi Dong, vice president of event organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions (Shanghai) Ltd, tells Airside all about what visitors to inter airport China, to be held in Beijing between 5 and 7 September, ha...Read More
AVIACO establishes Spanish subsidiary
The Benelux-based specialist in the provision of used and refurbished GSE has expanded its operations in the Iberian Peninsula – and has plans for further development Called Aviation Ground Equipme...Read More
ITW GSE rebrands under the one roof
In Spring this year, ITW GSE merged its various brands under one banner. The various ground power units (GPUs), pre-conditioned air units (PCAs), cables and hoses carrying the well-known names of AXA ...Read More
Menzies broadens its capability in the UK
In April this year, Menzies Aviation confirmed that it had acquired Airline Services Limited, the Manchester, UK-based airline services provider Airline Services, which was established more than thre...Read More
Centralised de-icing at Southend
In February this year London Southend Airport, in Essex in England, opened a centralised, purpose-built aircraft de-icing pad – not long before some unseasonably late snowfalls hit the UK London So...Read More