29.02.2024 | 15:34

Handling at Spanish airports to be sustainable

31 August, 2022

Aena launched the world's largest public tender for ramp handling in July. With this operator selection process, 41 licences for 43 airports and the network's two heliports will be renewed for a period of seven years, grouped into 21 plots. Once the plots have been decided, it will be up to the airlines to contract the services of the successful bidders.

The airports Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, Palma de Mallorca, Málaga-Costa del Sol and Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández will renew their three licences. Meanwhile, Gran Canaria, Tenerife Sur, Valencia, Ibiza, Seville, César Manrique-Lanzarote, Bilbao, Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna, Fuerteventura and Menorca will continue to have two licences each.

Among the main new features of the tender, Aena has introduced sustainability criteria to be met by the new ramp handling agents. Agents will be able to improve the percentages of sustainable and electric fleet through their bids and reduce the maximum required age by up to three years.

Sustainability criteria in handling

  • Maximum age of means (10 years for shuttle buses and 12 years for the rest).

  • Minimum percentage of sustainable vehicles and equipment (to be increased annually from 23% today to 78% in 2030).

  • Minimum percentage of electric vehicles and equipment (increasing annually from 23% today to 49% in 2030).
Encouragement of equipment sharing ( operational efficiency).