Date of Award

Fall 12-1993

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Business Administration in Aviation


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Tom Tacker

Committee Member

Bruce Chadbourne

Committee Member

Rudolf Knabe


This thesis investigates whether a private entity can compete with fixed base operators (FBOs) for airline ground handling contracts. Separating the research method into five phases, the author first conducts a need analysis. Then, the author dissects the structure of existing ground handling contracts. Thirdly, the average service charges presently in place are tabulated. Fourthly, a financial analysis is performed including the calculation of the break-even point at a profit. Finally, a model of ground handling operation is simulated using an existing air carrier’s ground handling contract.