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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.

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Featured in this issue

  • WestJet hops the Atlantic

    Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet has jumped the Pond with new services to the EU. Has it been a smooth landing?   When WestJet Airlines, a Calgary-based low-cost carrier established in 19...

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  • The ground handler that became an airline

    Fifteen years after founding a ground handling company, the demise of Air Deccan prompted Indian entrepreneur Shyson Thomas to take to the skies to capture some of India’s booming domestic passenger...

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  • Uncle Sam’s ground handling year

    There were mixed fortunes for airline ground handling activity in the United States in 2015 as the year saw deals inked and labour unsettled Six years post-recession, US airlines are finally reali...

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  • Cooking up competition

     In-flight catering is dominated by two giants: LSG Sky Chefs, which provides 578 million meals a year for 300 airlines and Gate Gourmet, which supplies 250 million meals a year at around 120 airpor...

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  • Green initiatives on view at Frankfurt

    Being green is not enough – initiatives must be visible to passengers to avoid charges of greenwashing Managers at Frankfurt airport are not content with simply ‘greening’ the apron: they hav...

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  • Be on guard

    The ease with which passengers can travel by air around the world can be exploited by germs and diseases. This can turn cabin cleaners into the first line of defence In apron turnarounds, cleaning th...

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  • Ground handling training in a virtual classroom

     Today, almost all ground handlers must have valid training according to their job description. The Internet can now bring learning to the workplace around the clock. The modern global airline gr...

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  • Greening airside operations

    The 21st-century ground handler has a role to play in creating and delivering sustainable, green airports worldwide, discovers James Graham The airport has been described as being the most visible p...

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  • Money moves in the billion-dollar business

    The global airline ground handling industry is set to see a 30% growth in value by 2020 to almost US$500 million while the global aircraft fuel systems market is likely to reach almost $10 billion by...

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  • In? Out? Will Brexit shake the airline industry all about?

    To paraphrase Groucho Marx, why join a club that wants you as a member? Noted transport journalist Chris Lewis looks at what might happen to airline ground handling in the UK if the country says ‘ad...

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  • Keeping fuelling safe

     Maintaining extremely high international aviation fuel supply standards is a complex procedure that guarantees safe and timely refuelling of aircraft. The International Air Transport Association...

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  • Russian government to toughen control of ground handline

    Eugene Gerden, AGS contributing editor, looks at the fall-out from an aviation accident in Moscow in 2014 that will see tougher controls on ground handling in Russia. On 20 October 2014, Christophe...

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  • On – ramp data security more critical than ever

     Few cyber security attacks on ground handling IT systems have been recorded to date, but operators cannot afford to be complacent, discovers Martin Courtney Francy: the honeymoon is over. We are se...

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  • From the moment the chocks are set

    Janet Wallace, director, airport services, contracts & administration for Air Canada looks at whether the industry has reached ‘peak’ turnaround. AGS editor James Graham asked the questions L...

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  • SGS IPO massively oversubscribed

    The initial public offering (IPO) or stock market launch of Saudi Ground Services this year was a complete success. The IPO was considerably oversubscribed, with overall subscription 12.38 times the o...

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  • New logo, new members for ground.net

    Three years after its start, Scandinavian Aviator Airport Alliance Europe AB and Italy’s GH Italia have joined the ground.net handlers’ alliance. At the same time, ground.net has revealed a new co...

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  • Scandinavian Airines in GSE sale and leaseback

    SAS has arranged a sales and leaseback outsourcing of its motorised or non-motorised ground support equipment (GSE) at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). The airline has inked a deal with Belgium-based TCR In...

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  • T-Systems reinvents ground handling software with GHAMS

    After more than 20 years of successfully serving airports worldwide in the terminal operations market T-Systems, the business customer arm of Deutsche Telekom, has moved into the ground handling marke...

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  • Smart use of Smartphones at JFK

    The ubiquitous Smartphone can help speed passengers through the security line A Danish IT company has installed sensors at New York City’s John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport to take advanta...

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