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UK Government Review of Ground Handling

By Eddie Saunders

Airside International

31 March 2023

Read the full and original article here 

PA Consulting's Mark Elliot, aviation specialist, shares his views on the Government Review of Ground Handling in Airside International.

Commenting on the findings from the report, Mark says: "We are already seeing signs of greater collaboration between industry stakeholders to improve passenger journeys through UK airports this summer."

The article goes on to include PA's summary of findings from the report:

The PA team identified several challenges, both structural and more immediate, some of which remain acute ahead of the summer 2023 season.

  • While recruitment and retention remain key short-term challenges for some companies, this has generally improved since last year. There remains, however, an urgent need for greater collaboration between all stakeholders – government, airlines, their ground handling agents, airport management and others in the supply chain – to help improve operational resilience and drive efficiency
  • This could involve improving day-to-day tactical decision making by sharing operational data more effectively, or collaborating more closely on long-term capital investment plans to accelerate productivity growth and the transition to net zero.
  • The industry has already started to make progress, forming a new ground handling trade association to facilitate collaboration across suppliers and with government. We also saw many examples of good practice at airlines, airports and ground handlers that could be replicated across the UK. However, more needs to be done so that passengers can avoid more summers of chaos at UK airports.

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