Rumours are circulating that the aviation arm of John Menzies, the newspaper and magazine distributor, could take over from baggage handlers Swissport at Gatwick Airport if a repeat of last months’ baggage fiasco occurs.
The airport was forced to apologise to hundreds of passengers who were told to go home empty-handed because of what was later described as a ‘failure to meet service levels’ by Swissport.
Following the debacle, Monarch Airlines cancelled two Swissport contracts at Gatwick and Manchester, while International Consolidated Airlines said it will ‘look at other opportunities’ should the delays continue.
John Menzies provides cargo and passenger ground-handling services, including ticketing, check-in, baggage reclamation and passenger lounge facilities, which makes up two-thirds of its current aviation business revenue. There is no doubt that share prices would make a dramatic increase should they take over from Swissport as Gatwick and Manchester airports baggage handlers.
New research has revealed that commercial airport baggage handling systems market could be worth as much as $37.86billion by 2020. The research, titled ‘Commercial Airport Baggage Handling Systems Market by Sorting Systems’ provides in-depth analysis into the current size of the industry and examines growth prospects during the forecast time period.
There are also highlights of growth stimulation, key global markets and a detailed understanding of the emergence of opportunities concerning new RFID technology for tagging and developments within the workings of the immensely complex sorting systems.
Success with automated baggage handling systems and monitoring technological solutions has been demonstrated by the sharp fall in mishandled baggage rates, lost baggage and passenger processing delays, particularly as passenger flow has done nothing but increase steadily on a global scale.
Modern airport infrastructure relies heavily upon the efficiency of the baggage handling system and automated baggage handling systems increase operational productivity, streamline the entire check-in and passenger processing system and ultimately save money for airlines and airports in the long-term. Integration of automated baggage handling systems with airport IT systems, security systems and airline DCS all adds to the mix to pave the way for the future growth of the market sector.