Ground Handling Equipment Pooling At London Luton Airport

We have two ground handlers here.  It used to be that we had two sets of  everything on the one stand and it was  very congested and there was just equipment everywhere.  Everybody recognised the problem,  the airlines recognised it and  most importantly the ground handlers recognised it.  We invited equipment providers to work out for us  how we could achieve just having shared assets on the  stands.  TCR were the company that were awarded that contract.  TCR is actually a company that specialises in full fleet  management services, meaning rental maintenance and fleet management.  Over recent years there is more and more congestion  at airport’s, so it actually grew for us to  come up with innovative ideas to  reduce these kind of problems.  For Luton airport transfer services just click on link

The biggest challenge we faced in all of this process  was the concept of sharing the same equipment.  We did that through the use of telematics.  Instead of running around collecting the steps  and all the other equipment to bring  to the stand from other stands and  going from the other side of the airport to here,  everything’s there ready to pull on.  It’s really, really good.  The turn around process is much slicker. 

A bit more like Formula One if you like,  when a car goes into the pit stop.  The moment that aircraft is stopped and  chocked, the turnaround process begins.  The stand is fully dressed we’re ready to go.  The real winner in this is the passenger.  The more efficient the turnaround process  the sooner they get about their own business.  The more efficient we are on the ground,  the better the price of your ticket. 

There’s nobody around the world that has taken this  as far as we have.  We’ve had airports like Sydney Airport, Singapore, New Zealand  come here to see the benefits.  We’re happy to show them and we’re happy to share this  because if this improves industry – it is good for us.  LLA has a really good history of innovation.  We’re not an organisation for sitting around  waiting for somebody to show the way  We prefer to lead it. 

Noise Insulation Scheme At London Luton Airport

The Noise Insulation Scheme was set up  as part of the planning conditions for our redevelopment.  We donate  into a fund for property owners in the local area  to insulate their property.  We put in secondary glazing,  high-performance double glazing and  ventilation units up to a cost of £3,000 per property.  We will get in contact with those that have been selected each year.  By adding noise insulation it means  they can get a bit of a  break inside their homes  and also the ventilation units mean they don’t have to  open their windows to get fresh air into the house. F.or airport transfer services just click on link

The areas we are tageting at the moment  are those closest to the airport in both Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.  I’ve had new windows in with the new widths in the panes  which will reduce the noise and then they are going to  put in ventilation units which drag air in  and the one above takes it out  which creates circulation in the room and means  I can have all the windows shut in the summer when it gets hot  and the room will still be cool and the noise will be shut out. 

It’s a great idea. How can you complain about noise if you have been given an opportunity  to decrease that noise and you don’t take it.  I don’t get that!  The scheme is great. I’m so pleased to get it.  I’ve been told that there will be a follow-up  later on in the year just to see everything is alright  which is a good thing as well.  The airport took it all on and is doing all the work  and supplied everything. 

It’s fantastic really to think that the airport do that.  As a growing airport we know  our operations can have an impact on our local communities and we’re trying our  best to reduce those impacts as much as possible and be a good neighbour.  The Noise Insulation Scheme is just one way that we’re trying to do that.