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November 9, 2018

Deals and M&As this week: easyJet, Frequentis, GMR Aviation Academy

easyJet has chosen DHL Supply Chain as ground handling services provider for its operations at Bristol and Manchester airports.

easyJet has chosen DHL Supply Chain as ground handling services provider for its operations at Bristol and Manchester airports.

DHL is expected to perform ground handling duties at the two airports from February 2019. It will manage 700 flights a week from Bristol Airport and 500 flights a week from Manchester Airport.

DHL will also be responsible for a range of customer services and logistics operations.

It will offer passenger arrival and bag-drop, baggage sorting, boarding gate marshalling, and aircraft loading and unloading services.

Frequentis has been awarded a contract by Buenos Aires International Airport in Argentina for the installation of the smartVISION airport camera system.

The advanced solution is expected to improve all-weather surveillance coverage at the airport by replacing the existing controller out of the window view.

It will also enhance the situational alertness of the authorities during the main terminal building expansion.

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) have partnered with Indian Aviation Academy and GMR Aviation Academy to provide a range of training programmes in India.

The partnership enables AAAE and IAAE to offer accreditation programme and training sessions to airport executives.

Executives will also be benefitted from the International Aerodrome Certified Employee (IACE) online training and certification programme, video tuitions related to airport operations and aircraft rescue, and fire-fighting (ARFF).

“UK-based information technology company Ultra Airport Systems has entered a $22m agreement to be acquired by ADB Safegate.”

EVA Air has entered a codeshare agreement with Air New Zealand to enhance ties between Taiwan and New Zealand.

The agreement will enable Air New Zealand to operate flights from Taoyuan to Seoul and popular destinations in Japan, including Tokyo, Hakodate, Fukuoka, Komatsu, Okinawa, Osaka, Sapporo and Sendai.

EVA Air also intends to offer Air New Zealand flights from Taoyuan to Auckland and other major cities in New Zealand.

UK-based information technology company Ultra Airport Systems (AS) has entered a $22m agreement to be acquired by ADB Safegate.

ADB Safegate intends to enhance its airport systems and data analytics portfolio and become a total airport management solution provider through the acquisition.

The acquisition is also expected to improve the operational efficiency of ADB Safegate through the implementation of advanced technologies.

ADB Safegate will also utilise Ultra AS technology for the development of flight information displays and billing solutions.

Scheduled for completion by 31 January, the acquisition is expected to add Ultra AS offices in the UK, France, South Africa, US, and China to ADB Safegate’s worldwide network.

SITA has completed the acquisition of Canadian passenger analytics firm MEXIA Interactive for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition is intended to enhance its existing capabilities and airport operations.

MEXIA’s artificial intelligence and data science-based technical solutions will be developed by SITA’s Montreal team.

SITA will further offer continuous support to MEXIA Interactive customers.

Icelandair Group has agreed to acquire WOW air, a low-cost airliner based in Iceland, for an undisclosed sum.

Both organisations have signed a share purchase agreement for the proposed acquisition of all shares.

WOW air shareholders will receive a 5.4% stake or 272,341,867 shares in Icelandair Group under the arrangement.

WOW air will retain its brand name and operate as a separate entity upon completion of the transaction.

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