Posted on: 07 June 2016 by Mark Howells
From 1 June 2016, Pegasus Airlines will take over the management of ground operations for flights at its main hub, Sabiha Gokcen Airport.Having already been operating check-in, baggage and boarding services with its own staff at Sabiha Gokcen, Pegasus will now expand its ground services to include ramp and aircraft parking services, baggage loading and unloading, transfers between the terminal and aircraft, interior and exterior aircraft cleaning, cargo and de-icing.The CEO of Pegasus Airlines, Mehmet Nane, remarked, “As Pegasus Airlines, we continue to work hard to develop our services in order to continually improve our guests’ satisfaction. Our aim has been to introduce the Pegasus travel experience and our innovative operations into such an important part of the customer journey as transporting our guests between airport terminals and our aircraft. We received our official license from the Civil Aviation Authority on 18 August 2015 and have gradually been increasing the provision of our own services since 29 March 2016. Since 1 June, we have been operating the full ramp services with our own personnel and equipment.“As part of the project, we have created 1000 new jobs,” Nane continued. “With the addition of our new personnel, Pegasus now has 5378 employees. Since January, our new personnel have been receiving their Civil Aviation Authority-approved training in order to start work, combining training on our simulators, in the classroom and in the field.
“We have selected the newest and most advanced technological equipment to run our ground service operations meticulously and have invested 20 million Euros in doing so,” Nane concluded.
New equipment purchased by Pegasus for its ground operations at Sabiha Gokcen include 24 Durabus VivAir² 104WL buses, 5 ‘Ambulifts’ – vehicles for carrying patients – as well as airstairs, conveyor belts, cleaning generators, baggage carrying vehicles and water and cesspit drainage equipment. Additionally, Pegasus purchased 13 pushbacks, five de-icing vehicles, 38 baggage trucks and two air starters and air conditioners.