Airports Eye Service Sector

AGSA members share lessons learned; give reasons for entering private sector arena

Ruth explains that some states afford public entities such as airports sovereign immunity, which can significantly reduce liability exposure. He cautions that if an airport provides refueling it will need environmental liability coverage as well.

Meanwhile, Ed Jacob, regional director of customer services for American Eagle in Chicago, has been a key advisor for AGSA from the outset. With the [expected] divestiture of American Eagle from parent AMR/American, he says the regional carrier is “very interested” in pursuing ground handling opportunities for other airlines, and suggests that there may be an opportunity to partner with airports, with the latter providing equipment maintenance and GSE procurement.

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