The Winds of Change are in the Air

By Matthijs Lamberts

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The combination of the current credit crisis with ever-increasing fuel prices makes that airlines are forced another time to decrease their operational costs. One way to accomplish this is by outsourcing business processes that are not part of the core business activity to dedicated third-party companies. It is expected that these developments will alter the strategic development of the ground handling sector in relation to the airport and airline sectors. In this article, the trends are discussed that will drive the strategic and operational development of the aviation industry in the oncoming 10-15 years. Based on this, a prediction is made on the strategic outlook of the global ground handling industry.

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