Luton Airport, Menzies and Swissport and TCR announced initiative for collective pooling of airside equipment
11 May 2017
London Luton Airport (LTN) in the UK, ground handlers Menzies and Swissport, and GSE supplier TCR have announced an initiative which enables the collective pooling of airside equipment. The new system is designed to increase the efficiency of ground handling operations as equipment will always be available when aircraft arrive on the stand, thereby by reducing the potential for flight delays. LTN anticipated that the rollout programme would be completed across all stands by the end of May 2017, with each stand containing brand new, state-of-the-art GSE equipment. This equipment includes aircraft steps, ground power units and belt loaders along with other ancillaries such as chocks, cones, and passenger guidance. Liam Bolger, LTN’s Head of Airside, said that the airport’s work with its ground handlers in this area was a “real industry first; no other airport in the world has taken the concept of equipment sharing to this level”.