July 14 2015  |  Airline & Terminal News

Airline Services Handling supports Turkish Airlines at LGW

By Rick Lundstrom

Airline Services Handling has taken over the ground and passenger handling for Turkish Airlines, supporting its four daily flights from Gatwick South Terminal to Istanbul International Airport.  

The contract is initially for three years and took effect July 1.

Recently, Airline Services Handling also won support contracts for Germania, also operating from Gatwick's South Terminal to Erfurt-Weimar and Pristina, and Monarch Airlines, which the company has supported since launching its ground handling business in November of last year. 

“We are a relative newcomer to ‘full ground handling’ but have been active airside with our ramp activity including de-icing and aircraft presentation for nearly 30 years,” said Airline Services Handling Managing Director, Nigel Daniel. “Our expertise extends to a range of ramp services along with aircraft presentation – including external washing, cabin laundry, dry cleaning and carpet manufacture and fitting”. 

“Gatwick is a key hub for Turkish Airlines and as we continue to expand and grow our network, this partnership will ensure that the high standards expected from our customers are continually exceeded. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Airline Services Handling,” said General Manager of Gatwick for Turkish Airlines, Osman Battal.

Airline Services Handling is now supporting approximately 250 employees in ground handling, up from 170 at year end, out of a total staff of 350 at Gatwick where the company now provides full aircraft handling to some 8,000 aircraft departures per year. 

In March this year Airline Services Ltd restructured the Manchester headquartered business under three new distinct divisions – Airline Services Interiors, Components and Handling under the ultimate leadership of CEO, Mike Humphreys. Airline Services employs a total of 1,000 staff based at 11 airports across the UK. 

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