There is an old adage in journalism: follow the money. Ground handlers, like the rest of aviation, are reaping the benefits of lower prices at the pump that the world has enjoyed this year. Our look at the American ground handling market discovers that the lower prices are allowing airlines to slash fares – thus attracting more passengers that have to be handled.
AGS readers outside the UK, and especially outside of the EU, may not be familiar with the prospects of Britain voting to stay in or leave the Union. While many might say this is simply a political matter for the UK government and people, global handlers with, say, a branch at London Heathrow and Paris CDG could find they have one station inside the EU and one outside the Union. At the time of going to press, No 10 Downing Street has remained tight-lipped as to a likely date for a vote on EU membership. We will have to wait and see.