We had to move operations from one airport to another in about 24 hours, which meant finding a way of working that would deliver one of the biggest ever openings in the world of aviation.

The situation was highly stressful, but we found a way to collaborate that allowed to us to quickly define, prioritise and solve issues. No one was trying to blame anyone for slip-ups, even though we all knew a major hold-up would be on the news! Instead, we worked together in a transparent fashion, which I now know is the Vanderlande way.

I think the success of that opening day was also down to a wonderful mix of cultures. Turkish people are results-oriented – we jump into action! On the other hand, the Dutch define what needs to be done and make an action plan. We put these attributes together and achieved a fantastic result.

I like the fact that at Vanderlande we don’t make a big deal out of mistakes – we find a way to solve the problem and work effectively. Last year our team only “missed” 13 bags in one month out of around four million – the customer’s CEO actually phoned us up to say he couldn’t believe it!

Now I have been with the company for a while, I can honestly say that the “one team” approach and the “we care” attitude are a reality. And working with Istanbul Airport has got better every year, because of the mutual trust and bonds we have with this customer keep getting stronger.

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