Last year was a challenging year for the aviation industry and the tough conditions were felt by airline and ground handlers alike, and in 2019, the environment is not set to be any less turbulent, due to the global economic and political uncertainty that exists, and trade and protectionism wars.
This year has already sadly seen European airlines Germania and flybmi cease operations due to financial troubles, and the impact of their closure has been felt right across the industry.
However, on a positive note, air transport is buoyant as global passenger traffic continues to rise strongly and the industry expands, meaning demand for airlines and ground handling services will remain.
In this issue, we focus on route network development in the globe’s fastest expanding region Asia-Pacific (page 4) and get the thoughts from key players, including Singapore Changi Airport, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Much of the passenger growth is down to the growth in the low-cost carrier (LCC) sector and we find out about Air Astana’s new low-cost arm FlyArystan (page 11) which will launch in the second quarter of this year. We also speak to one of the globe’s biggest and most established airlines - Emirates (page 14) - to hear their thoughts.
This issue also covers a range of ground handlers around the globe to hear their views on how business is including dnata (page 21), where we hear how the Dubai-based company is conquering North America.
Also featured are Stobart Aviation Services (page 18), which has expanded its handling operations into Scotland, and we speak to Nordic and UK handler Aviator (page 26) about how it has grown its market presence.
Other features in this issue look at the continued growth and development of the airport lounge sector (page 33) including an interview with the globe’s biggest independent operator Plaza Premium Lounge and a feature looking at how the air transport industry is deploying the latest technology to strengthen physical and cyber security defences (page 42).
New to this and future issues are a look at industry appointments in Movers & Shakers (page 47) while the new Istanbul Airport is the first to be featured in Airport Focus (page 48).
Finally, to get a more detailed and comprehensive overview and insight into the airline and ground handling sectors, we have increased ARGS from two issues a year to four. Please get in touch if you want to feature in future issues.
I look forward to speaking to you in the future and thanks for your continued support. I hope you enjoy the issue.
Featured in this issue
A variety performance
Air traffic growth in Asia-Pacific is set to soar but such a diverse region comes complete with a range of challenges, writes Graham Newton. Aviation’s centre of gravity is moving inexorably east...Read More
Air Astana launches new LCC arm – FlyArystan
The Kazakhstan and the Central Asian aviation market is expanding fast and will soon have a new player and a dedicated LCC, writes Justin Burns Air Astana has launched a dedicated low-cost arm - Fl...Read More
Emirates continues to grow global coverage
The UAE carrier is facing several challenges but keeps on growing, reports Justin Burns Emirates Airline has only been synonymous with strong growth over the last two decades but 2018 was a much to...Read More
Stobart Aviation Services enters ground handling market in Scotland
The UK-based aviation service provider has won a contract with Loganair and is looking to further expand its portfolio in the future, writes Justin Burns The ground handling sector in Scotland will...Read More
dnata targets further global growth
2018 was another busy year of international expansion for the Dubai-based ground handler and this year looks set to be a bit calmer dnata has continued to spread its wings across the globe in the g...Read More
Aviator increases presence across the Nordics and UK
The ground handler has gone through huge restructuring in the last few years but is back on track and gradually growing business, writes Justin Burns The last few years have been all about restruct...Read More
Swissport adds more contracts and looks to enhance efficiencies
Swissport International is further expanding its business in the Middle East with new ground handling contracts with Dutch airline KLM and the largest Indian carrier IndiGo. The ground handler will p...Read More
Air Asia ground handling unit GTR opens news digital facility (376 words) + PIC AirAsia’s ground handling joint venture Ground Team Red (GTR) has opened a new facility at Kuala Lumpur Interna...Read More
The rise and growth of airport lounges
Hong Kong based Plaza Premium Group intends to remain at the front of the ever-growing sector As passenger traffic continues to grow at pace across the globe, more and more airport lounges are open...Read More
Aviation gets cyber savvy
The air transport industry is deploying the latest technology to strengthen physical and cyber security defences writes Martin Courtney The implementation of fast, convenient security controls to s...Read More
SriLankan set to sell catering and GH units Cash-strapped SriLankan Airlines’ restructuring committee has proposed the sale of the carrier’s catering and ground handling units. The carrier has...Read More
Movers & Shakers
SAUDI GROUND SERVICES APPOINTS NEW MD (PIC) Saudi Ground Services (SGS) board of directors approved the appointment of Attian Al-Hazmi as a managing director (MD) for the company at its last meetin...Read More
AIRPORT FOCUS: ISTANBUL AIRPORT
Istanbul Airport (IST) Passenger capacity = 90 million Cargo capacity = 4.5 million tonnes Passenger boarding bridges = 143 Istanbul Airport started full passenger operatio...Read More