Swissport grows its presence in Saudi Arabia

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Swissport International has added Al-Qassim to its growing network in the Middle East. A first flight of Pakistan International Airlines was handled successfully at Prince Naïf Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (ELQ) in Central Saudi Arabia. With the handling of a first Pakistan International Airlines flight arriving from Multan, Pakistan, Swissport has added Al-Qassim International Airport, Saudi Arabia, to its growing network in the Middle East. The global leader for airport ground services and air cargo handling offers passenger and ramp services to the Pakistani flag carrier. Initially, Swissport will handle one weekly flight each to Multan and Islamabad operated with Read more

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Airpro and Aviator new handling partners for Finnair at Helsinki Airport

Aviator on course to become Finnair’s largest handling provider for Helsinki operations ©Finnair

Finnair has reached an agreement with Airpro and Aviator Finland on ground handling services at Helsinki Airport. In the future, the new partners will operate Finnair’s ramp services such as luggage handling at Helsinki Airport. Finnair’s current partner Swissport Finland has terminated its ground handling contract with Finnair as of March 31, 2021.  “The new partnerships will bring us the flexibility that we need as we gradually increase flying. It is estimated that it takes commercial aviation 2-3 years to recover from the covid-19 pandemic’s impacts.” says Jukka Glader, VP Ground Operations at Finnair.   Finnair’s customer services at the check-in, Read more

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Air bp delivers 210 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel to Stockholm Arlanda Airport

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Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has delivered 210 tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN/ESSA). Swedavia and its partners SOS Alarm, Systembolaget and the 2030 Secretariat procured the fuel through a joint tender, as part of an initiative to promote the large-scale production of SAF and its use as a way to reduce carbon emissions from air travel. The SAF delivered will result in a reduction in the carbon emissions generated by the business’ corporate air travel. The SAF supplied by Air bp has been produced Read more

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Air bp renews contract at France’s Cannes Mandelieu Airport

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Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has renewed its contract with Cannes Mandelieu Airport (CQE/LFMD) in France, following six years of successful collaboration.  It will continue to be the sole supplier of Jet A-1 and Avgas at the airport. Cannes Mandelieu is the country’s second most important general aviation hub and one of Air bp’s 47 locations in France among its 390-strong European network of supplied sites. Air bp will work with Cannes Mandelieu Airport and the Aéroports Côtes de Azur (ACA) team to continue to provide safe and efficient operations. Plans include upgrading facilities with Read more

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Munich Airport’s network is growing again

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Traffic at Munich Airport has been picking up again. As of early August, 45 airlines already connect Munich with 140 destinations, including 13 destinations in Germany, 18 destinations in Greece, 15 in Spain, 13 in Italy, nine in Turkey, seven in France, five in Croatia, four in Portugal, and three in Bulgaria. The North African destinations of Cairo (Egyptair) and Tunis (Tunis Air) are once again in Munich’s flight plan, along with two destinations in Canada, six in the U.S.A., three in the Arabian Gulf, and three in the Far East. Air Canada, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Delta Air Read more

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Copenhagen Airports to cut 650 full-time positions

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In order to secure its long-term competitive strength, Copenhagen Airports (CPH) will align its organisation to the lower level of activity which the aviation industry is currently experiencing as a result of the coronavirus crisis and which is expected to continue for some time. As a result, CPH is contemplating cutting 650 full-time positions from the company’s current approximate total of 2,600. Over the coming weeks, discussions will be held with CPH’s union representatives to determine the expected redundancies. Copenhagen Airport CEO Thomas Woldbye says this is the saddest decision he has had to make during his nine years with Read more

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Testing for COVID-19 virus now available directly at Václav Havel Airport Prague

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Passengers and visitors can now be tested for the virus causing COVID-19 directly at Václav Havel Airport Prague. Testing is performed by an accredited GHC Genetics laboratory. The new service will facilitate safe travelling and also reduce the spread of the disease. Passengers and the general public can both use the testing directly at the airport. Prague Airport has set up a total of three check points where GHC Genetics healthcare professionals provide the testing. One check point is located in the public area of the airport in the connecting corridor between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. It is intended Read more

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Frankfurt Airport offers 175 destinations worldwide from end of June

The cancellation of travel warnings for most of Europe is also clearly visible at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). During the second half of June, the number of flights from Frankfurt to the classic holiday regions in the Mediterranean has been increasing sharply. The number of weekly connections to Mallorca has increased from 6 to 26. For the first time since March, the Greek islands will also be served via FRA:  with nine weekly flights to Heraklion on Crete planned from June 29. In total, Frankfurt Airport will be offering some 175 destinations – including about 50 intercontinental routes – at the Read more

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Frankfurt Airport steps up flight services from this week on

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Flight services at Frankfurt Airport are being stepped up significantly from June 1. They will focus on connections between cities in Europe, but flights to popular vacation destinations will also increase. Further long-haul destinations are also being added to the timetables. Daily capacity is now up to approximately 26,000. This is around 10% of the previous year’s figure. The airport operator expects a gradual build-up of flight services in the weeks ahead. However, as overall volumes remain well below last year’s levels due to the coronavirus pandemic, Terminal 1 will remain the focal point of all passenger-handling activities for the Read more

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IAI/ELTA Drone Guard successfully trialed at number of airports

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ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, has announced the successful trialing of its anti-drone system at a number of airports in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. The demand for anti-drone solutions has increased dramatically since an incident in December 2018 when over 1,000 flights were canceled at Gatwick Airport in the U.K. after drone sightings halted all air traffic as a safety precaution over a three-day period, affecting over 140,000 passengers. Drone Guard is a drone detection, tracking, identification and disruption system which, according to the manufacturer, “features an integrated multi-layered sensor system that includes: 3D X-band Read more

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