LLA has announced an industry-changing initiative which enables the collective pooling of airside equipment. The new system will increase the efficiency of ground handling operations, benefiting airlines, ground handlers and passengers.
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. 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.