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Aviance Cease Gatwick Operation  
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

Aviance have today, 14th May 2008, announced that they are to cease all passenger and ramp handling as soon as possible at London's Gatwick airport. In a recently conducted review of their operations following changes to their business profile arising from recent carrier mergers and Open Skies, they have with some reluctance come to the conclusion that it is no longer possible to sustain an economically viable operation at Gatwick.


This move by Aviance will see over 300 people out of work along with the following main carriers on the look out for a new handler.

US Airways
Zoom (inc UK ops)
Astraeus
Malev
SN Brussels
Ghana International Airlines
Adria
Air Namibia
Air Zimbabwe
Olympic


http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jfOUIQJzRdmLbd-yrG5MmdokJOlA


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User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

Interesting move. I imagine that the loss of the GB airways contract hurt them a bit after the Easyjet takeover.

User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4914 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

Also the AEU axing of their charter/scheduled flights


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User currently offlineAireuropeF100 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

I seem to remember that Aviance roots go back many years to the days of Gatwick Handling when in the early 80's the only choice was BCal/Gatwick Handling or BA handling, later Servisair came in, then Ogden Allied and later Swissport/Groundstar. Gatwick Handling were once a major force handling everyone from Dan Air, Monarch all the US carriers, and Virgin when they first launched.

Shame to see what was such a major operation become reliant on around a dozen or so airlines

But to be honest I think open skies is a bit of a weak excuse as they only handled Northwest and US Airways - and they are both still operating at LGW even though the operation is on a smaller scale

RIP Aviance/Gatwick Handling at LGW!


User currently offlineFly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2104 times:



Quoting Myt332 (Thread starter):
Zoom (inc UK ops)

Apparently Zoom for both UK and Canadian operations have hired their own ground agents. Above wing that is... can anyone confirm?


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2582 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

This is the second base they have closed down this year, having closed Durham Tees Valley (MME) back in February. Some of the carriers handled at MME were:

bmi
flyglobespan
Eastern Airways
Air Europa
Iberworld
LTE
BH Air

That left Servisair only, so no choice for carriers.

How long now before they close MAN? I beleive they have lost most of their business there too.

Are LHR and DUB profitable? They seem to have more market share at those airports.


User currently offlineCaaardiff From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

I've heard that Zoom will self handle at LGW. On what scale i'm not sure though!

User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1801 times:



Quoting Humberside (Reply 2):
Also the AEU axing of their charter/scheduled flights

Have Astraeus stopped operations altogether?


User currently offlineBwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1719 times:



Quoting 8herveg (Reply 7):
Have Astraeus stopped operations altogether?

One 757 (Iron Maiden!) is based at LGW operating sub charter and ad-hoc flights
Two 757's are based at LHR operating for bmi
One 757 is based at KEF operating for sister airline Iceland Express
One 757 is based at WAW operating for Air Italy Polska
One 73G is based at ARN operating for sister airline Sterling
One 73G is based at OSL operating for sister airline Sterling
Two 733s have been dry leased to Seagle Air in Bratislava.


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4914 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1635 times:



Quoting 8herveg (Reply 7):
Quoting Humberside (Reply 2):
Also the AEU axing of their charter/scheduled flights

Have Astraeus stopped operations altogether?

So as you can see from BwaFlyer's post their LGW operation has vastly reduced



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User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1628 times:



Quoting Bwaflyer (Reply 8):
One 757 (Iron Maiden!) is based at LGW operating sub charter and ad-hoc flights
Two 757's are based at LHR operating for bmi
One 757 is based at KEF operating for sister airline Iceland Express
One 757 is based at WAW operating for Air Italy Polska
One 73G is based at ARN operating for sister airline Sterling
One 73G is based at OSL operating for sister airline Sterling
Two 733s have been dry leased to Seagle Air in Bratislava.



Quoting Humberside (Reply 9):
So as you can see from BwaFlyer's post their LGW operation has vastly reduced

Will any of the aircraft be returning to LGW for the summer season? Or is this a semi permanent thing?


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4914 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1620 times:



Quoting 8herveg (Reply 10):
Quoting Humberside (Reply 9):
So as you can see from BwaFlyer's post their LGW operation has vastly reduced

Will any of the aircraft be returning to LGW for the summer season? Or is this a semi permanent thing?

New strategy. Beyond the one ad-hoc aircraft based at LGW, AEU are now just an airline operating for others, kind off like Air Atlanta, Atlas Air and Global Supply Systems, but with passenger aircraft rather than freighters



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