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AIRCRAFT GROUND HANDLING SERVICES AT AIRPORTS IN INDIA SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF BHADRA INTERNATIONAL Aircraft Ground Handling Services, especially on the apron side play a pivotal role in the efficient turn round operations of the aircraft at the subject airport. Prior to the stringent implementation of current Ground Handling Regulations as promulgated by our Parliament through Gazette Notification a few years ago, India though geographically well located was being denied its fair share of Air-traffic. Most airlines and operators were over flying our skies as the Ground Handling Operations at our airports were outdated and not in keeping with the international standards. In fact, allowing each of the airlines to carry out self handling had lead to mushrooming of Ground Handling Service Providers who used prehistoric equipment, half baked part time operators to cut costs. The events of 9/11 in US further exposed serious security lacunae at our airports. The situation ever since the implementation of current Regulations has brought in a sea change apart from ensuring enhanced security at our sensitive airports. The number of Ground Handling Service Providers has now been limited and Bhadra International India Limited as one of the concessionaires is making a major contribution in the field. Having commenced operations at airports in South India and Kolkata over two years ago, Bhadra has earned for itself a professional reputation par excellence. All this has been possible because the company has imported the most modern state of art environment friendly equipment at huge capital investment of over $ 150 million. The company has on its pay roll over 2500 well trained, highly motivated fulltime bonafide security cleared dedicated employees who have brought laurels to the company by ensuring “on time performance”. Its equipment inventory boasts of passenger buses from Cobus, Trepel Cargo Loader, Rheinmetall Air Start Units, Airconditioning Units manufactured by TLD France as also Ground Power Units from Hitzinger , etc. to name a few. The passenger friendly services being rendered by the company are already attracting and adding to the company’s long list of client Airlines. With Bhadra International, Indian Aviation has certainly made a mark and come of age. For more info visit

Bhadra Interntional India- Airport Ground Handling Services