London Luton Airport (IATA: LTN), Menzies and Swissport and 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.
The airport says the ground service equipment (GSE) pooling programme, launched in collaboration with the two ground handling companies and equipment provider TCR, is thought to be the biggest of its kind.
It is anticipated that the rollout programme will be completed across all stands by the end of May, 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, London Luton’s Head of Airside said the airport’s work with its ground handlers in this area: “is a real industry first; no other airport in the world has taken the concept of equipment sharing to this level.”