Winter 2020

issue 52

Welcome to the Winter 2020 issue of Airside
International, which takes a good look at how ground service providers around the world are faring with the current crisis in the aviation industry.

We talk to ABM in the UK – formerly known as OmniServ – about the measures it has taken to ensure confidence in passengers’ welfare should they be taking a flight handled by ABM. We also hear from ATS in North America, which has had an important contract win to handle WestJet at Canada’s Calgary Airport.

Also in Canada, GTA dnata has inked a five-year deal to handle at Vancouver International. Elsewhere, dnata – part of the Dubai-based Emirates Group – has been upgrading its pharma handling ability at Singapore Changi, while Fraport has meanwhile been doing the same at Frankfurt with the aid of two new CoolBoxes delivered from Italy’s Alha Group.

Elsewhere, Airside talks to two of the senior management team at Norwegian Red Handling at London Gatwick about their plans for the future.

Our features look at the issues relating to snow clearance and how airports must keep their pavements clear of snow and ice no matter that their flight operations frequency may well be down this winter on a typical year, as well as the latest technology being brought to bear in the field of airfield ground lighting.

Terri Smart-Jewkes tells us about the latest news from Aviramp, while Vanderlande explains how it is trying to meet the challenges posed by Covid-19 and how disinfection might form an integral part of an airport baggage handling operation.

A demonstration of the capabilities of the new WheelTug system at Memphis International was an interesting diversion in these troubling times, while Airside itself has played its part in keeping the industry informed and engaged – if only remotely – by running a series of podcasts in which subject matter experts consider issues of considerable importance to those engaged in airport ramp work.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

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  • ABM fights through the challenges

    At the end of September, it was announced that UK-based ground services provider OmniServ had officially rebranded as ABM. Meanwhile it has taken steps to optimise its performance during this incredib...

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  • Alha Group hands over CoolBox dollies to Fraport

    Italian cargo services provider Alha has delivered two specialised CoolBox cool dollies to German airport operator (and handler) Fraport CoolBox is manufactured by Alha Group’s own GSE manufactur...

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  • ATS expands in Canada

    In late summer, WestJet selected Airport Terminal Services (ATS) as its ground handler at Calgary International Airport – the airline’s home base and largest airport hub Prior to the inking of ...

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  • Bridging the gap

    Terri Smart-Jewkes, Aviramp’s global sales and marketing director, tells Airside why she thinks the company’s unique form of boarding bridge is a good option in these days of social distancing ...

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  • dnata upgrades its pharma handling capability at Changi

    As we saw in the preceding article, Fraport has invested in new CoolBox equipment for use at Frankfurt – but it is not the only ground service provider to have invested in cool dollies of late. dnat...

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  • GSE Safety Systems: the latest technology

    Airside talks to two manufacturers of innovative GSE systems about their products and how they are making airport ramps safer Lippstadt, Germany-based ASO Safety Solutions produces pressure-sensiti...

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  • GSE&RAMP-OPS Podcasts: sharing experience and knowledge

    Complementing Airside magazine are a range of other offerings we provide that help to bring the industry together to share views and experience. A number of GSE&RAMP-OPS Podcasts are now available...

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  • GTA dnata inks deal for handling at Vancouver

    At the end of August, Canadian ground services provider (GSP) GTA dnata confirmed that it had been awarded a five-year licence to handle at Vancouver International Airport. It will set up a team at Ca...

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  • Keeping up with the latest in airfield ground lighting

    Airfield ground lighting technology (AGL) is changing all the time, pandemic or not. Some of the big players in this market explain how they are moving forward OCEM Airfield Technology, part of the...

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  • Red Handling looks to spread its wings

    Two members of the senior management team of Red Handling, the in-house ground service provider of Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian at London Gatwick, talk to Airside about the latest trend tow...

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  • The ‘snow’ must go on

    The measures implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic have reduced demand for air travel and altered the face of air cargo transport. But airports must still ensure they can stay open safely t...

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  • Vanderlande thinks outside the box

    The pandemic has led many suppliers of airport systems and equipment to offer their customers a little extra to help them through the crisis. Baggage handling systems provider Vanderlande has released...

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  • WheelTug demonstration shows off wide range of benefits

    In mid-September, the WheelTug taxi system was put through its paces at Memphis International Airport. The innovative aircraft tow technology was being shown off publicly for the first time in a live ...

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