Following the cap on departing passenger numbers at London Heathrow Airport, there has been major improvements to passenger experience, with fewer last minute flight cancellations, better aircraft punctuality, and baggage delivery.
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Ground handling is the process of servicing an aircraft when it is parked, usually between flights whilst the plane is at the airport terminal gate.
Ground handling is frequently subcontracted by airlines to the airports they use, to third-party agents or to other airlines.
The ground handling team is made up of staff who perform a wide range of functions including:
- Ramp handling: guiding the plane into position and operating
- Servicing vehicles on the tarmac
- Refuelling and maintenance of the aircraft
- Clearing of the cabin and restocking of the catering supplies
- Check-in and boarding at the terminal gate
Menzies Aviation has joined the Mission Possible Partnership, an alliance of climate leaders focused on decarbonising some of the world’s highest-emitting industries.
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Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has proposed a new 14-gate concourse at Washington Dulles International Airport, which will replace current outdoor boarding areas, expand passenger amenities, and support new jobs.
Global aviation logistics specialist, Menzies Aviation, has secured a renewal of its long-standing partnership and ground operations contract with Aer Lingus at London Heathrow Airport.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has welcomed Automated Nomination, which will ensure import cargo is automatically assigned to the correct forwarder before it physically arrives at the airport.
dnata has revealed plans to expand its European footprint through the planned acquisition of the Germany-based Wisskirchen Handling Services, the exclusive operator of the Cologne Bonn Cargo Centre.
Thomas Romig, Vice President Safety Security and Operations at ACI, shares his insight into the multifaceted challenges currently facing the ground handling sector, and explains why the interdependent relationship between air operators, airports, and ground handling sector providers is key to solving them.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has begun trials with new electric ground handling equipment for large aircraft, to replace the current diesel-powered models and provide planes with power while they are parked.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given approval for San Francisco International Airport to integrate a new landing technology, which aims to reduce aircraft noise over nearby communities.
London Gatwick Airport will transform aircraft turnarounds with a new handheld digital ‘AirTurn’ platform, which will optimise air traffic controllers’ efficiency, reduce delays and unnecessary fuel burn.