German airport operator Fraport has inaugurated a €6m (US$6.8m) training center for the Fraport Aviation Academy at Ljubljana Airport, Slovenia.
The new training facility will enable the Fraport Group to expand its international training activities to meet the growing demand from external and internal customers – particularly in the areas of firefighting, emergency services, crisis management and ground handling.
Established in 2016, the Academy is now well positioned to serve the international training market and expects to receive more than 500 participants at the training center during 2019.
The Fraport Aviation Academy Training Center features almost 1,500m² (16,150ft²) of space for classrooms, simulators and other specialized equipment – plus outdoor areas for live practical training. The center will also increase training offerings for Fraport staff, which is now active at some 30 airports around the globe.
Michael Müller, executive board member and executive director labor relations, Fraport, said, “More than ever, the aviation industry needs skilled staff to meet air traffic growth and other challenges. Our new Fraport Aviation Academy Training Center takes us to the next level in delivering professional training to external clients as well as our group employees worldwide.”
The Fraport Aviation Academy team already boasts over 100 professionals from the Fraport Group and key strategic partners, who together create a comprehensive learning program.
The latest partners to be attracted to the Fraport Aviation Academy are Rosenbauer, a renowned manufacturer of firefighting equipment, and the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI), a leading provider of accident investigation and safety training services.
Thomas Uihlein, director of the Fraport Aviation Academy, said, “The long-term goal is not only to pass on knowledge and skills, but to link different areas of aviation into an integrated learning concept. Our vision is to make the Fraport Aviation Academy the leading skills center for the global aviation industry.”
To learn more about how Fraport aims to improve passenger experience at its airports, catch the presentation by its COO and project director Ilias Maragakis and Esther Christine Nitsche during the ‘Management & Operations stream at the Passenger Terminal Conference, which takes place during Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London.