Top ground handling operations trends for 2023 and beyond | Airlines

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In recent years, the ground handling industry has been on a steady rise, with the global airport ground handling market’s value reaching $31.8 billion in 2022. Industry projections suggest that this figure is expected to reach $76.1 billion by the end of 2032, driven by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2%. Renata Sumskaite, the CEO of Sensus Aero, a new-gen software solution for the aviation industry, sheds light on major industry trends that support this impressive growth.

Addressing labor shortages and knowledge gaps

The aviation industry lost many ground-handling workers during the pandemic, and now, with aviation picking up again, there aren’t enough skilled staff, especially those with security clearances. And, unfortunately, passengers are already feeling delays. This shortage is a sign of deeper problems in finding and keeping good ground staff. But there are ways to fix this — the industry needs a better plan to attract new talent and keep current employees, simplify the onboarding process, and introduce retention programs that prioritize global standardization, improved work environments, flexible scheduling, and competitive wages.

Baggage mishandling in the era of returning passengers

In 2021, the number of mishandled baggage cases stood at 4.35 per one thousand passengers, marking a significant 24.3% increase from the previous year, according to SITA’s 2022 Baggage IT Insights. The resurgence of air travel raises concerns about the potential for more baggage mishandling incidents. This highlights the industry’s responsibility to take proactive measures to enhance baggage handling processes, reducing passenger inconvenience.

The drive toward standardization

Industry standards are becoming fundamental in simplifying common processes, reducing costs, and enhancing collaboration between airlines, airports, ground service providers, cargo agents, freight forwarders, and governments. Recently, IATA reported that…

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