In one of her weighty reports, RSP’s old time friend and ‘aviation expert’, Dr Sally Dixon slipped in a very interesting fact. Well, very interesting to us at No Night Flights. She writes that most direct employees of the airport will work in twelve hour shifts. Shift change is expected to be at 0700 and at 1900. So that’s people working 12 hours shifts and those shifts changing at those morning and evening times.
This is interesting because it indicates the 24/7 coverage that we’ve been on about, the need for staff to deal with flights coming in day and night. If you weren’t operating scheduled night flights then work on daytime flights would be complete shortly after 23.00 each day. If you weren’t operating scheduled night flights, you wouldn’t be having flights arrive before 7am so your staff wouldn’t need to be in much in advance of that time. If you weren’t operating scheduled night flights you wouldn’t need your staff working between, let’s say, 1 in the morning and 5 in the morning. Would you?
As we’ve always said at No Night Flights, a successful cargo hub would inevitably mean night flights and lots of them. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes.