Welcome to the Winter 2018 edition of Airline Routes & Ground Services.
This issue went to press against a backdrop of continuing Brexit discussions. Aviation has been on the agenda for UK and European politicians of late; how will current models of air travel and trade have to be adapted once Britain leaves the EU?
In light of the challenges of increasingly protectionist policies, combined with ever-increasing passenger numbers, our technology feature this Winter looks at changes in the way airports are dealing with border control.
We launched our Networking Summit in London on 19-21 September, bringing executives from ground handlers and airlines together in what proved to be a fruitful event by all accounts. Read a round-up of the opening plenary session, which got the summit off to a lively start.
We hope you enjoy the issue.
Featured in this issue
Filling in the blanks
The US is the world’s biggest commercial passenger traffic region but there remain many black spots on the route map – notably into Asia, South America, Europe and Africa. However, new point-to-po...Read More
A changing landscape
An influx of new low-cost carriers (LCCs), like Swoop Airlines and Flair Airlines, have quickly spread their wings in the Canadian marketplace Much of the new development activity – both internatio...Read More
No time to lose…
The UK’s departure from the European Union is fast approaching. What must be done to ensure a smooth transition for the aviation industry, whatever the nature of Brexit? IATA highlights three key ar...Read More
Fit and flexible
A six-day strike by Aviapartner management and baggage handling staff at Brussels Airport in October caused chaos for numerous carriers – but not TUI fly Belgium, part of Hanover-headquartered TUI, ...Read More
Russian jet refuelling company Gazpromneft-Aero (GPNA) has ambitious expansion plans and is looking to grow its coverage across the globe Global passenger traffic is rising consistently every year an...Read More
A touch of class…
There is no doubt that providing high-quality in-flight food and drink in all flight classes is of the utmost importance – especially in the digital age, when customers instantly share their experie...Read More
Growing from strong roots
Turkey’s Çelebi Aviation provides ground handling and cargo services and carries out warehouse operations at more than 35 airports located in five countries on two continents through its affiliates...Read More
Air travel has come a long way over the decades. Faced with rapidly changing demands and pressures, what steps should the industry take to prepare for the future? Speaking at this year’s IATA Groun...Read More
Swissport: eyes open
While the global economy and increasing demand for air travel and air freight services are certainly helping handlers to thrive, only those who are actively seeking opportunities for growth will gain ...Read More
Teamwork at its best
When it comes to improving operational efficiencies, many airlines still tend to focus on optimising flight-related aspects, such as fuel consumption, crew and aircraft resources. But punctual turnaro...Read More
WFS: determined not be to bound by tradition
There is something very straightforward and logical about Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) new approach to ground handling for narrow-bodied, high-volume passenger operations in Europe, the Middle E...Read More
Fulfilling a duty of care
Passengers with restricted mobility (PRM) require particular attention to make their travel experience hassle-free and enjoyable. We spoke to Ajay Agarwal, president of New Delhi-based Aviaxpert, to f...Read More
All in the same boat
The shared challenges and responsibilities of airport management are significant and diverse – and they affect airports, airlines and handlers alike A session at the 31st IATA Ground Handling Confe...Read More
Speeding the flow
As passenger numbers increase and border security tightens, space-constrained airports are investing in new technology to cope with the strain on their resources One example of that investment is the...Read More
Global Networking Summit off to a stimulating start
The inaugural AGS Global Networking Summit, held at the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel on 19-21 September, brought together delegates from airlines, ground handlers and other stakeholders in what prov...Read More
Ground.net, an alliance of five international ground handlers in Europe (which together operate at more than 70 airports), laid the foundations for a new, spin-off company in April 2018: ground.net se...Read More