11th - 13th Jun 2019 Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
With a renewed focus on safety, and the use of ground support equipment (GSE), Airside International will explore an exciting new marketplace this year. GSE & RAMP-OPS AFRICA launches its inaugural event in Casablanca, Morocco; this will become a biennial event.
Day 1 Tuesday 11 June
12:00 -

Registration Opens

17:00 - 18:00

Exhibitors Set up 

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome Reception

Day 2 Wednesday 12 June
08:00 - 17:00

Registration Open

09:00 - 09:15

Chairman’s opening remarks

The chairperson opens the conference with the state of the African market and how its unique perspective can inform the rest of the industry. What are the operational challenges in airside operations in Africa? How is GSE being used in the continent and can it be improved?

Paul Drever, GSE Engineering and Standards at Menzies Aviation

09:15 - 09:40

How potable water reduces fuel consumption
By limiting the amount of water could the savings in weight at least be 50 kg by reducing the amount of water with 20 per cent which corresponds to a fuel saving.

Wail Alameen, General Manager, Standard Aviation Services (SAS) 

09:40 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:10

The benefits of an alliance and how small changes can bring rewards

European ground service alliance was launched in 2013 uniting local experts in an innovative multi-station network to provide customer airlines with a full palette of ground handling services.
How does the alliance work? What are the benefits? How has high staff communication increased operational efficiency? What initiatives is driving to improve the business and ground handling operations?

Erik Strandgren, Managing Director & Partner,

10:10 - 10:15


10:15 - 11:00

“Ramp of the Future”

Impact on GSE and Ground Handling

David Burgess, VP Global Fleet Management Swissport Group Services LLC

11:00 - 11:05


11:05 - 11:35

Networking refreshment break & Viewing of Exhibition

11:35 - 12:00

GSE Operations – Part 1

Speedy access to spare parts and technical support – How to solve the challenge.

Kehinde Abioye, Technical Director, Engequip Concepts LLC

12:00 - 12:05


12:05 - 12:30

GSE Operations – Part 2

GSE and the benefits of cost savings when it comes to spare parts, training and repairs, all types of GSE.

Danny Vranckx, CEO, Aviaco GSE


12:30 - 12:35


12:35 - 13:00

What is Telematics in an Aviation Context?

The purpose of the presentation is to provide the audience with an overview about how much more an integrated and intelligent Telematics solution can deliver above an asset tracker / asset locating tool. Using real life examples the presenter will attempt to demonstrate how Telematics can provide a range of benefits to a GSE operator.

Paul Holmes – Managing Director, Smart Asset Manager

13:00 - 13:05


13:05 - 14:30

Networking Lunch and viewing of exhibition

14:30 - 15:15

Leveraging technology to improve airside supervision and safety

This topical discussion opens a dialogue on how the industry can understand the importance of safety on the entire airside movement area and how to mitigate the risks involved.

The discussion will entail raising awareness of safety hazards and risks commonly encountered in the dynamic and strict airside environment.  Explore how ‘Ramp of the Future’ will support stakeholders to improve efficiency and maintain high safety standards.

Also, can the Internet of Things (IOT) impact positively when it comes to safety on the ramp?

Dimitrios Sanos, Product Manager Airport & Ground Operations Training, IATA

Marja Aalto, Director, Air Transportation development

Christoph Fladung, Sales-Marketing Manager, Atlas

15:15 - 15:20


15:20 - 16:05

How does ISAGO benefit African Stakeholders?”
Is IATA’s safety audit of Ground Operations (ISAGO) effective in the management of ground handling services for airlines? What are the benefits for Africa?

Basil Agboarumi, MD/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Co. PLC. (SAHCO)

16:05 - 16:10


16:10 - 16:40

Increasing operational safety efficiency through aviation training
Good quality training is vital to ensuring the safety of airside operations. As well as bolstering safety, operational efficiency can be improved with that same high-quality level of training.

We hear how a training programme of the highest level of quality is created and how this can boost operations.

Amr Samir, CEO, Link Aero Trading Agency

Hatim E Adawi, Head of Ground Handling & Dangerous Goods

16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:00

Chairman’s closing remarks 

Paul Drever, GSE Engineering and Standards at Menzies Aviation

17:00 - 17:30

Networking & refreshments break & Viewing of Exhibition

19:00 - 22:30

Networking Dinner

Day 3 Thursday 13 June
08:30 - 11:00

Registration open

08:30 - 09:00

Morning refreshments & Networking

09:15 - 09:30

Chairman’s opening remarks

09:30 - 10:00

Preventing airside damage

Handling aircraft safety is of utmost importance, what can be done to ensure the necessary procedures are followed. Is training enough? Can more be done to help staff on the ground to take more care?

Tafadzwa A Zaza, Manager Ground Handling & Airport Services, Air Zimbabwe
Paul Drever, GSE Engineering and Standards at Menzies Aviation

10:00 - 10:05


10:05 - 10:20

ISAGO’s new emergency response requirement & How does ISAGO benefit African stake holders?

We discuss the details of this new SMS initiative

Hervé Gueusquin – Air Business Consultants

10:20 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:00

Networking refreshment break

11:00 - 12:00

Training session – Pre- Use inspections of Ramp equipment.

• Necessity of inspections

• The repercussions of incorrect inspections

• Component failures

• A system of inspection

• Baggage Tractor components essential to safe use and operation

Nick Welch, Technical Director, RTITB

12:20 - 12:15

Closing remarks

12:15 - 13:45

Networking lunch & End of conference