Summer 2019

Issue date 17 May 2019
issue number 21

Welcome to the Summer 2019 edition of Airline Routes & Ground Services.
This issue features a special report on one of Europe’s main aviation markets Germany (page 4) – where some airlines have been struggling to make a profit and survive and there has been some casualties.
The low-cost carrier (LCC) under the spotlight is Wizz Air (page 8) where Megan Ramsey finds out how business is and what are the future plans of one of the continent’s fastest-growing LCCs.
The full-service carrier focus is on LOT Polish Airlines (page 12) which is now reaping the benefits of a comprehensive restructuring programme and is now on a firm financial footing and has ever-developing route network.
Every issue we focus on airline route development in a different region and this time it is a detailed look at the European market (page 16) where we look at any operating constraints, developments, new entrants and what airlines are doing to expand their networks.
This issue was written in the build-up to the 32nd IATA Ground Handling Conference, taking place in Madrid on 26-29 May and it includes a preview (page 22 ) of the much-anticipated event in the ground handling calendar.
Ground handling is evolving and one airline that has gone down the self-handling model is Ryanair which has invested and set-up two handling units of its own at London Stansted Airport and for all its operations in Spain. We speak to the airline’s Director of Operations, Adrian Dunne about the move (page 24).
We also get an overview of the marketplace from a number of ground handlers including Turkish Ground Services, Havas, Agunsa, Talma, AeroGround, Qatar Aviation Services and Aviary (pages 26-33).
Strong and effective leadership at ground handlers, airlines and airports is vital in order to be a success, and in this issue David Smith (page 34) speaks to a senior leader at Baltic Ground Services, Eurowings and Manchester Airport, to hear how their thoughts on leadership.
In this issue we also hear about the future plans of five airports (page 38): London City Airport, St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport, Milan Bergamo Airport, Dallas Fort/Worth International Airport and Athens International Airport.
So much investment and talk in today’s world is about technology and innovation and the issue also looks at autonomous aircraft, vehicles and robots (page 46) which are set to revolutionise airside operations and the passenger experience and we find out about how more virtual reality training is to be used in ground handling (page 50).
I hope you enjoy reading the issue.