October 2013 News

Calendar of Events March 25-26 AviationPros LIVE Las Vegas, NV   April 14-15 GSE Buyers Conference Dublin, Ireland   April 27-30 IATA Ground Handling Conference Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Business Buzz Swissport, UIA...

Calendar of Events

March 25-26

AviationPros LIVE

Las Vegas, NV


April 14-15

GSE Buyers Conference

Dublin, Ireland


April 27-30

IATA Ground Handling Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Business Buzz

Swissport, UIA Trade Allegations: In two sharply worded press releases, one-time business partners Swissport International Ltd. and Ukrainian International Airlines traded barbs over an on-going legal battle in the Ukraine. First, Swissport issued a release about “inefficiencies” in the judicial system that have postponed hearings seven times and the “silence” of the government that has taken no action with its Anti-Raider Commission. UIA followed saying Swissport is presenting “deliberately misleading information” and putting pressure on the court and government “in order to obtain an illegal judgment” in the dispute.

$15 Minimum Wage For Airport Workers: Seatac, WA, voters will get to decide whether the city should increase its minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 per hour, after the state appeals court reversed a judge’s ruling that voided signatures needed to qualify the measure for November’s ballot. The initiative gained additional endorsements from 20 local Democrats.

Delta Rejoins S&P 500: Delta Air Lines Inc. rejoined the stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500. The S&P index is made up of 500 large U.S. companies whose shares trade on either the New York Stock Exchange or the Nasdaq Stock Market.

‘DooHickeys’ Save SWA Fuel: Southwest Airlines saves roughly 54 million gallons of fuel each year, thanks to Winglets, which also have the added bonus of reducing emissions. Those so-called “little DooHickeys” are featured in the carrier’s latest ads.

Alaska Air On Top: The International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit environmental consulting firm, released its ranking for the most fuel efficient airlines, with Alaska Air Group topping the list.

Emirates To Add More U.S. Destinations: Emirates plans to more than double its network of U.S. destinations in the next three to five years to a total of 15 cities, up from the current number of seven. Emirates is set to add new service from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport to Milan this month.

Cargo Airline Chooses Orlando For HQ: Lured in part by economic incentives potentially worth more than $1 million, National Air Cargo Inc. picked Orlando, FL for its new home after a year-long, nationwide search involving several rival cities. The airline, which provides freight transport for military and industrial customers, was formerly based in Orchard Park, NY, and Ypsilanti, MI.

British Airways Introduces ‘Hand Baggage Only’ Fares: British Airways is extending its hand baggage only fares to passengers at Heathrow and London City airports. The carrier introduced the new option at Gatwick initially on five short-haul routes to Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Jersey, Tunis and Turin. The airline then extended it to all of its routes from Gatwick. The airline now plans to introduce the fare for travel between Heathrow and nine short-haul routes – Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Rome, Rotterdam, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


New Deals

ASIG To Build FBO At PTY: ASIG Panama, S.A. has been contracted by the Tocumen International Airport to build and operate an FBO that will be branded and operated as a Signature Flight Support location. In other news, the Star Alliance appointed ASIG as the passenger service handler for economy class check on behalf of its partner airlines located in Zones A and D at London Heathrow’s future Terminal 2.

Menzies Grows in Scotland: Menzies Aviation has successfully completed the takeover of Aero Handling at Aberdeen Airport. Having only established its ground handling business in Aberdeen in August 2012 (through the purchase of Airbase Flight Support), Menzies has now doubled the size of its station in just over a year. Menzies also won the Loganair contract at Edinburgh Airport for five years, which adds an additional 10 flights per day beginning this month, and renewed its contract with the airline at Glasgow Airport for another five years.

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