Summer 2018

issue 42

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?

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Take A Peek

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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Dedicated expertise

    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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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. ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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