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Aisak
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Vueling has set up a new Ground Handling company

Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:04 pm

I seems the general idea of outsourcing critical tasks for your own business like Ground Handling is being slowly reverted by some airlines.

Vueling has had several problems in the past, partcularly in summer peak season, where delays and cancelations produced some chaos due to the inavailability of alternatives for passengers, as most flights leave with no empty seats.
This summer, Vueling had to cancel 316 flights just in BCN, as their contracted 3rd party handling partner suffered several strikes over work conditions. This 3rd party company happens to be Iberia Airport Services, who won the public contract to be one of the three companies to deliver handling services to 3rd parties at BCN.

Vueling was really upset this summer as they took the greatest hit of this strike. Ironically, IB own services were not that affected as the demand for the Puente Aereo shuttle service between MAD and BCN falls considerably and still, passengers on IB services to just one domestic destination are easier to rebook than a fully packed A320 to a distant Greek island served less than daily.

Vueling has just set up Yellow handling, a wholly owned subsidiary for self handling. It is trialing at VLC, as the contract with Groundforce, the handling company owned by Air Europa/Globalia just expired. All workers involved with service to Vueling flights and passengers were TUPEd to this new IAG company and the outlook is to expand this idea to bigger bases once VLC is successully deployed.

Sources (sorry, only Spanish but should be "readable" with translator.
https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20191 ... dling.html
https://www.expansion.com/empresas/tran ... b45d5.html

About last summer:
https://www.lavanguardia.com/economia/2 ... beria.html
https://www.expansion.com/empresas/tran ... b45b8.html
 
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Re: Vueling has set up a new Ground Handling company

Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:53 pm

Hmm Yellow Handling?
Norwegian did Red Handling at Gatwick and Ryanair set up Blue Handling at Stansted, I sense a pattern
 
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Re: Vueling has set up a new Ground Handling company

Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:58 pm

Out-sourced ground handling isn't much cheaper now compared to an in-house subsidiary. The added overhead costs are worth the ability to have the control over the operation.
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