1st Aug 2012, 09:16
The airport recently introduced mandatory handling (through KA Handling) for aircraft above 1.9t; this has been increased to those above 2.5t. The date of implementation is likely to be 4 August.
Yes this will still affect aircraft over 2.5t but will allow far more operators of light twins to operate without handling and is a better compromise than doing nothing at all.
A tiny bit of positivity methinks. :D:D
1st Aug 2012, 10:21
It's a move in the right direction, but is there any evidence that KA Handling is doing "business" rather than merely repelling all the bigger traffic which is the obvious and absolutely guaranteed result of such charges.
Obviously, the entire business case for KA is whether the traffic that is attracted via their fuel discount brings more money to the airport than the value of the traffic that is lost.
Sadly, I gather that the reason the before/after-hours indemnity system was dropped was because a specific operator was abusing it. It was a good system, which enabled 8am non-radio departures on long foreign flights.
1st Aug 2012, 11:46
A small step in the right direction, but why not just increase it to 3T or 4T?
1st Aug 2012, 14:11
If they really really want mandatory handling they should set it just below the weight of a PC12, which is about the lightest plane whose "clients" might want coffee and croissants :)