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Ground Handling Council (GHC)

The Ground Handling Council (GHC) was established by the Operations Committee (OPC) to provide expertise on ground operations for all matters that relate to safe and efficient ground operations and to indicate how to implement those measures in a rational, co-coordinated and cost effective manner.


The GHC is responsible for the updating and implementation of the GHC Industry Agenda as well as for the interfaces with all programs, initiatives and IATA internal and external groups with a link to ground operations. The GHC coordinates the review of the Airport Handling Manual (AHM) and IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM) and ensures that these are relevant to the ground operations industry. For more information, please go to the Ground Operations Industry Activities.

Industry Agenda

The GHC Industry Agenda (pdf) shall ensure that the IATA ground operations activities support the overarching objectives of a continued safe and profitable development of commercial civil aviation. This is accomplished by confirming that any industry practices, programs, initiatives and tools are aligned both between themselves as well as with the goal of safe and efficient ground operations that are applied uniformly by all industry representatives.

The industry agenda focuses on four pillars:

  1. Safe flight and safe ground operations
  2. Operational efficiency and quality service delivery
  3. Open, effective market
  4. Industry sustainability​​

Composition and Meetings

The GHC consists of 6 IGHC (IATA Ground Handling Conference) Officers, 5 Task-Forces Chairmen and 5 Vice-Chairmen. The GHC meets at least once a year. 

The GHC coordinates the work of five Ground Operations Task Forces:

Need more information?

Those wishing to contribute to the GHC Task Forces can either join the IATA Ground Handling Council (IGHC), contact: ighc@iata.org, or the IATA's Strategic Partnership Program, contact: partnership@iata.org  

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