jetProcius, the Hampshire, UK based company which pioneered background service checks for airside employees, is marking its 10th anniversary this month as it helps airlines and retail companies prepare for the opening of the Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal at London Heathrow Airport. Up to 25,000 people are going to be employed at the new Terminal 2 and some 18,000 will work airside.
As the Royal Terminal prepares to open this June, Procius’ Commercial Director Nick Trollope has some careful advice for companies with staff working airside: “If you haven’t got your flight crew, IT and engineers, baggage handlers, retail and catering staff approved, then now is the time to act. A lot of companies got into difficulties when Heathrow’s Terminal 5 opened in 2008 as their employers had left it too late to get approval with serious and costly consequences,” he cautioned.
“It is also extremely important to select a reputable company who are specialists in the field and 100% in tune with the ever changing requirements in airport security regulations. Each UK international airport has its own variation of these, for example, Heathrow Airport has recently tightened its regulations for existing airside pass holders who change employer, so it is imperative that a background checking company is fully aware of this. At Procius, we have these details factored into our industry pioneering MyCheck™ system, which enables us to respond immediately to ensure the best possible pass rate in a timely fashion.”
The MyCheck™ system was designed and developed by Procius specifically to process airside passes and typically handles 1000-2000 people being checked at any one time. It manages workflow in terms of timing and priorities and is adjusted to cater for any new regulations.
Procius was set up by Nick Trollope and Julian Parker in 2004 in the wake of 9/11 when the UK Government introduced strict new rules for background checking aviation workers. They were the first company to provide an outsourced solution in airside background checks to take the burden for aviation HR departments. Procius signed its first customer, DHL Aviation in 2004 followed by its first major airline customer, BMI the same year. Since that time, Procius has achieved considerable growth and longstanding success with a current client portfolio including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Monarch Airlines, Titan, Jet2 and United Airlines’ ground handling:
- Procius has processed over 300,000 individual checks forover 50,000 airside pass applications (with a current run-rate of approximately 8,000 airside ID applications per year).
- Procius boasts the highest first time pass rate of all outsourced companies according to feedback from industry sources
- Today, Procius maintains approximately 40% of UK market share in the outsourced airside pass market.
- Procius is present at virtually every UK international airport, including all four members of the Heathrow Airports group.
- Procius currently employs a team of over 50 dedicated staff.
Nick Trollope will be attending PPS Publications’ Future Travel Experience Europe at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank on March 3rd.