Ground Support Service providers are an integral part of the smooth and safe operation of airports and the aircraft arriving and departing on a daily basis.
Organisations responsible for delivering a wide range of services including the safe transportation of passengers, luggage handling, provision of food for aircraft passengers, cleaning services, removal of waste from aircraft and runway and aircraft maintenance.
Within the airport a diverse range of vehicles are in operation to support the safe and efficient movement of passengers, and the preparation of aircraft.
The airport is a challenging, time sensitive and high risk environment to operate in. Vehicles can come within close proximity to aircraft; for example lifts and stairs that connect to the aircraft - which if incorrectly operated or have a fault may result in serious damage to the aircraft.
This potentially can cost millions of pounds, not just in repairs but delayed or cancelled flights, stranded passengers, expensive penalties and negative PR.
The vehicles used to support and service the aircraft are constantly in use and must be available and operational during the short turnaround slots between the aircraft landing and its next scheduled departure time.
With the high capital expenditure on GSE, companies do not tend to factor in additional capacity within their fleet, so do not have extra vehicles at their disposal and short-term hire is not a viable option. So it is imperative vehicles remain compliant and in operation, ensuring any defects are identified and are repaired when the vehicle is not in service, normally during the short window at night when aircraft are not flying.
Ensuring a vehicle operates correctly or identifying faults that may impede its proper and safe performance is imperative in avoiding costly damage to an aircraft or risk the endangerment of vulnerable passengers in a PRM (Passengers with reduced mobility) situation.
Our experienced fleet management solution provides compliance, defect management, downtime, maintenance and reporting services designed to ensure vehicle defects are managed effectively and efficiently and to mitigate potential issues.
GSE can be costly investment, with some equipment costing hundreds-of-thousands of pounds to purchase and to maintain. We work with operators to develop and provide the best funding options to meet their business needs; this may include a sale and lease back option on existing owned equipment and the use of contract hire or contract purchase options for new GSE. We can advise you on the best option for your business and provide the right funding model to meet your needs.