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The week in brief

By control on May 3, 2013
  • LUG aircargo handling, the oldest independent ground service company at Frankfurt/Main airport, has been testing a forklift truck with hydrogen fuel cells (pictured above) since March. The German material handling manufacturer STILL and the ministry of the environment and energy of the German state of Hesse sponsored the project. Vehicles running on hydrogen emit virtually no green house gases and offer productivity gains, as the downtimes for refueling are very short.
  • The Alliance for Aviation Across America released a letter sent to Michael Huerta, administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration, from 70 mayors and community leaders around the country whose communities would be affected by the FAA's potential scheduled closure of contract air traffic control towers. The letter highlights the vital role of local airports to businesses, organizations, emergency services and the economy as a whole. The scheduled tower closures are the result of sequestration, affecting 149 airports nationwide. The closures are scheduled to take effect June 15.
  • AMI, the world's largest trade-only airfreight wholesaler, will relocate its New York operations in late June, following the decision by parent company Menzies Aviation to cease cargo handling at John F. Kennedy International Airport. AMI has been handled by Menzies Aviation at JFK since 2009.

  • Logwin, a logistics service provider, has invested in a second X-ray scanner (pictured left) for inspecting air cargo shipments. The equipment went into operation at the end of March at Logwin's facility at Stuttgart Airport in Germany. Logwin put its first X-ray scanner into operation in March 2012.
  • Rushlift Ltd., a national supplier of equipment leasing and maintenance services, has acquired the ground support equipment maintenance facility at London Heathrow Airport from American Airlines. The deal secures several jobs at the facility.
    Rushlift GSE will operate out of the existing Heathrow base at Elmdon Road, close to British Airways’ Vanguard House, and will continue to support AA.
  • IJS Global, a global logistics company, opened a sales office in Shenyang, China – the largest city in Liaoning province and an important industrial center for the region.
  • Liege Airport handled almost 12 percent less cargo during the first quarter. The airport handled 139,593 tonnes of cargo compared with 158,458 tonnes during the same period in 2012. This decrease reflects the fragile global economy, including the airfreight industry, the airport said.

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