Welcome to the December 2011 issue of Airside International. As much of the global economy holds its collective breath over the future of the Euro, signs are it will be business as usual in 2012 for many GSE suppliers around the world. Whatever the growth or decline in passenger volumes, airlines still need the necessary support equipment – and they need it to work in all weathers and all of the time. So readers of this issue can find out what Europe’s doing to keep America’s runways friction-free; take a new look at handling passengers with reduced mobility; and how to support aircraft and deliver aid in one of the most dangerous places in the world. Meanwhile will Frankfurt’s night-time loss be Schiphol’s gain? We consider what the Netherlands’ hub is doing to keep itself relevant as a major gateway hub. Finally, you wouldn’t think industry suppliers had any problems judging by the attendance at Inter-Airport, Munich in October. Some of the products on show in the two halls and adjacent static park are highlighted in this issue.

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  • Supplying the supplier

    Swissport International recently signed an agreement with Finnair to take over baggage and apron services for the airline at its Helsinki Airport hub, in a five-year contract that takes effect on Dece...

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  • Communicating a positive safety culture

    All organisations are recognised to have what can be considered as a specific “organisational culture” which defines the values, behaviour, perceptions and attitudes management and staff adopt tow...

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  • Friction testing remains recession-proof

    Despite growing fears of a double-dip recession in Europe, Airports Council International reports “buoyant”  five percent year-on-year traffic growth to the end of September. This should be we...

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  • KLM cooking on Sky biodiesel at Schiphol

    Following tests on a B747, KLM and the Schiphol Group have begun a four-month pilot programme using 40 tractors, catering, bird control, lease and delivery vans running on spent cooking oil. The bi...

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  • Estel launches new aerobridge GPU

    Estonia-based GSE manufacturer Estel introduced a new aerobridge ground power unit at Inter-Airport Munich in October. The launch of the new aerobridge unit is prompted by what the company desc...

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  • Handling aid – more a way of life?

    One hundred days after famine was declared in parts of southern Somalia, humanitarian agencies have reached more than half of the four million people who are in danger of dying. According to the Un...

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  • PRM equipment – you get what you pay for

    Attitudes to PRM handling appear to vary considerably in the UK and around the world.  Although the IATA standard ground handling agreement (SGHA) places responsibilities squarely on the shoulders...

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  • Costs at Germany’s export gateway set to rise

    Airside International asked Nils Haupt, communications director for Lufthansa Cargo for his view of the new night-time ban at Frankfurt airport. How will this affect operations – and the German econ...

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  • Energy reduction key to sustainable Schiphol

    Despite a recent suggestion by a Dutchman working for a Middle-East airline that “the Chinese will make everything and the Arabs will carry it,” it would be premature to assume Schiphol’s best d...

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  • Custom building GSE pays off

    Last month’s announcement of a 0.5 percent increase in Britain’s third quarter GDP was tempered by a drop in the manufacturing purchasing index to below 50 – the level which divides expansion fr...

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  • ADB Airfield Solutions looks forward after successful Inter Airport 2011

    Airport experts are confident that the October 2001 Inter Airport show –sent out positive signals for the future of the airport sector. A total of 606 exhibitors from 34 countries and more than 12,6...

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