Hactl Honored: Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), was voted “Ground Handler of the Year” by air cargo industry publication, Payload Asia. Companies were voted for online by magazine readers on the basis of operational excellence, customer service, product innovations, competitive services and scope of service offerings.
Handling Spin Off: Air India created two subsidiaries, one for engineering and the other for ground handling, as part of a turnaround plan. For ground handling, the airline will provide equity to Air India Transport Services Limited over the next 12 years. About 12,000 employees will join the subsidiary.
American Shutters MRO: American Airlines will close its Fort Worth, TX, maintenance base by the end of the year, lay off 839 Tulsa mechanics and consolidate major aircraft maintenance operations in Tulsa, OK, and at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. More than 1,700 mechanics and related workers at American’s three aircraft overhaul bases will be laid off by next February.
SLC To Build Deicing Pad: Salt Lake City International Airport received a $9 million FAA grant to construct a new deicing pad at the end of Runway 34R. This will enable aircraft to deice closer to the runway instead of near the gates. Construction is expected to begin in April 2013 and be completed by October 2014.
Flightcare Acquisition: Swissport International has completed its acquisition of Flightcare Spain and Flightcare Belgium. The deal significantly boosts Swissport’s network in Spain and allows it to become a full-service provider at Brussels Airport by adding ground handling services to its portfolio.
New Menzies Deals: Menzies Aviation has signed a three-year contract with China Airlines to handle passenger and ramp services at Sydney Airport beginning this month. Menzies has been working with China Airlines in Brisbane Airport since October 2011. In other news from Australia, United Airlines extended its contract with Menzies at SYD and Melbourne Airport for three more years.
Expansion At EWR: Worldwide Flight Services has signed a two-year contract to provide loading and unloading services for Jet Airways’ daily Airbus A330-200 services from Newark Liberty International Airport, which operates to Brussels, Belgium and onto Mumbai, India. WFS will also provide baggage services, cabin cleaning and water services for the airline at EWR.
ASIG Roundup: ASIG announced a number of deals, including the following:
Spirit Airlines chose ASIG as its new refueling agent at the airliner’s home base at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. ASIG will also provide ground handling, passenger services, cabin cleaning, deicing and aircraft refueling for Spirit at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall.
United Continental renewed ASIG’s contract to provide refueling services at Los Angeles International Airport, one of the airliner’s busiest hubs with 195 daily flights. The contract was first awarded to ASIG in 2007. In a separate agreement, ASIG was awarded refueling services for United Continental at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Both contracts cover mainline and express flights.
ASIG completed its acquisition of PLH Aviation Services and Dryden Air Services. PLH provides commercial aircraft refueling and fuel facility maintenance and operations at 13 Canadian airports and one at LAX. Dryden operates at five Canadian airports providing full ground support services, such as ramp handling, cabin cleaning, passenger services, aircraft deicing and aircraft refueling. The deal adds 16 new locations in Canada and enhances market share at LAX for ASIG.
Flybe Signs With Servisair: Servisair and Flybe have signed a new multiyear contract at 10 UK airports, including bases at George Best Belfast City Airport, Jersey Airport and Southampton Airport. Servisair will handle more than 40,000 departures annually.