33rd IATA Ground Handling Conference

17 - 20 May

IGHC Postponement Announcement 

Over the past few days, many of you have enquired about the status of the upcoming IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) in Mexico City due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to postpone the event. 

Since the first outbreak of COVID-19 in mainland China, we have been monitoring the situation in Mexico City closely, working daily with local and international authorities. We have been following the WHO’s guidelines. However, there has been an increase in the number of participant cancelations over the past few days for reasons including company travel bans and senior delegates needing to stay close to base during the crisis, therefore, we feel that it would be best to postpone the event.

Further information will follow in the coming days regarding delegate, sponsor and exhibitor situations and consequential actions that need to be taken. We are very sorry that this decision had to be taken but we are sure you will all agree it was the correct one and for the right reasons.

The IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) is the premier annual ground handling industry conference in the world.​

Why should you attend?


Unique business,​ networking and branding opportunities with 95% satisfaction rate.

  • Over 750 delegates are expected
  • Meet airlines decision makers
  • Exclusive access to industry intelligence and latest industry developments

Want to see what happened in our2019 edition?

Join the conversation on Twitter with #IATA_IGHC.
Congratulations to the IGHC 2019 Photo Contest Winner!
Krasimir Runchev from Fraport Bulgaria

Who will you meet?


Bringing together over 750 delegates to represent the whole industry, here's who you will meet:

  • 30% airlines, 60% ground service providers and airports, 10% manufacturers and solution providers
  • 60% commercial and 34% operational/safety positions represented
  • 50% executive management, 49% middle management


"The IGHC is an excellent opportunity to meet with customers and partners as well as participate in helpful workshops that address the future of our business."
David Walker, Jardine Aviation Services Group
"A very well run conference bringing airlines, handling companies and suppliers to one single event."
Stuart Key, Menzies Aviation
"It's a great industry event that cannot be missed."
Dave Li, Jardine Aviation Services Group

IATA Member Airline Complimentary Passes


​​​​​IATA Member Airlines - Subject matter experts in procurement or ground handling contracts management are eligible for two complimentary passes to the IGHC, please contact iataighc@mcveigh.com for availability.

Have a look at the Terms & Conditions (pdf). 

IATA Member Airline and Ground Handling Partner Complimentary Passes 

​​​IATA Member Airlines - Subject matter experts in procurement or ground handling contracts management and IATA Ground Handling Partners are eligible for two complimentary passes to the IGHC.

Please contact iataighc@mcveigh.com for availability and have a look at the Member Airlines Terms & Conditions (pdf) or the GHP Membership Terms & Conditions (pdf). 

Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to expand your network and get insights into the latest industry trends and developments.

Find out what precautions to take regarding Coronavirus & communicable diseases (pdf).

Sponsorship/Exhibition Contact​

Sandro Francini
Director, Business Development, McVEIGH Global Meetings and Events
Tel: +1 561 325 8200
Mobile: +1 561 289.4796


Join IATA’s Strategic Partnership Program and benefit from discounts on sponsorship and exhibition rates.



32th IATA Ground Handling Conference

The 32th IATA Ground Handling Conference took place in Madrid, Spain from 26 to 29 May 2019, at the Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center.


View all the IGHC 2019 pictures!

Attending Companies & Speed Networking Airlines

The Ground Ops Executive Summit 2019

The IATA IGHC 2019 Sessions Summary

Presentations 2019





Closing Video



The IGHC Innovator competition was established with the aim to ignite and promote new ideas in the ground operations world. It was introduced for the first time at the IGHC in 2017 as our way to embrace and support innovative thinking - helping our industry to be safe and prosper. 

Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge

IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.

​Thank you to our Sponsors!

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