… urges CEO, Dominik Misskampf, of cargo handling agent, CHI Aviation Handling. This would provide airlines with another service option in addition to the current agents, Fraport AG's ground handling subsidiary, (BVD), and its local competitor, WISAG Aviation Service Holding GmbH. However, the authorities should only grant the license to a company whose business focus is on air freight, recommends Mr. Misskampf. His statements are a reaction to the restrictions on cargo flights in Frankfurt by Fraport subsidiary, BVD. For specifics pls visit: https://www.cargoforwarder.eu/2022/07/02/exclusive-frankfurt-restricts-freighter-ops/
Dominik Misskampf speaks frankly: An additional service provider would minimize the risk of the entire system running into trouble if one of the two current agents experiences operational and/or personnel difficulties, as is currently the case with Fraport subsidiary, BVD. The CHI expert suggests that a newcomer should put a very strong focus on air freight, in order to enhance the variety of services on the tarmac.
Politics should act
The CHI executive’s impulse will surely be heard by the Hessian state government. It is responsible for granting licenses to companies applying for operational permits on airport. In 2017, for example, the Hessian Ministry of Economics and Transport revoked the license of Spain's Acciona, after it had previously operated at Frankfurt Airport for almost 20 years. As a rule, the Ministry issues licenses or renews existing concessions for ground services, including transport and handling services, every 7 years.
In case a third ground service provider were to be admitted to do business at Rhine-Main airport, it would be entirely in line with the targets of the EU Competition Commission. For some time now, Brussels has been pushing to further liberalize ground services at European airports, this way preventing oligopolies and giving airlines a broader range of choices of which provider they want to cooperate with. However, the hurdles are high. In addition to acquiring a license, an applicant would have to invest a lot of money in technical and operational assets such as dollies, vehicles, and personnel. “Overall, a third service provider doing business at FRA, would minimize the risk of vulnerability to crisis and prevent the system from derailing, especially in peak times,” the executive maintains.
Communications must be improved
Since Fraport’s BVD announcement late on Friday afternoon came at extremely short notice, all players in the supply chain needed to coordinate processes to keep freight flowing despite the temporary constraints. CHI emphasizes “we are happy to assist in preventing the collapse of the freight system. But we need to be proactively involved in communication, or cooperation won't work."
The BVD flight ban has strained CHI and other ground handlers because their warehouses are running full since forwarders kept trucking goods to FRA and were trapped by the flight cancellations. “Now we have to figure out the best way to route shipments that got stuck at our freight terminal at Frankfurt to other stations.”
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Rayhan ahmed (Sunday, 10 July 2022 23:54)
A third ramp handling agent is
Not easy . We at Heathrow have
About approx 7 ground handling
Agent and still there is a riot going
On to stable the ramp and baggage
Handling system . Aircraft are waiting
20 to 25 min approx on stand to
Be offloaded leaving the gpu and
Chocks , and coning aside . This
Is due no ramp handling staff and
Passengers could wait up to 2 hours
To collect there baggage in the
Arrivals hall. Training new ramp staff
Is not easy as they are all on temporary
IDs and need to be escorted even to
The privy on top of that they can’t
Drive equipment and no trained and
They have 0 geographic experience on
The airside roads getting to A to B
Unless they have joined from another
Ground handler .
Having a extra ground handling agent
Would not help the problem unless
Prober training has done on new
Starters to perform the job - FMC,
Tugs , dollies , and how to chock
And power the aircraft correctly.
At the moment all ground handling
Agent at LHR are in deep problems
To service there customers aircraft
On time and efficiently at the moment
This is not working . The new staff
Can only work on bulk load aircraft as
The 737, 320 . They are totally unable
To work on containerised aircraft
Which are then left standing for
Nearly over 30 mins to be offloaded and
The experienced staff are left to go to
Aircraft to aircraft which then risks
Health and safety .
Yes getting another ground handler
To service an airport is a good idea
But how ??? Yes you have number
Ground handlers to choose from swissport , Menzies , dnata .etc
But you have invest in loaders ,
Tugs , pushback tugs , doilies ,
gPU generators , belts , and firstly
Ground staff employment,
Rest rooms , uniforms the list just
Go on and on !!!!!