33rd IATA Ground Handling Conference

Prague, Czech Republic
16 - 18 November
Prague Congress Centre

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

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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

> IGHC 2021 Agenda (pdf)

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. 

Networking in the Biz Zone 

Network with your peers and make new business connections in our BizZone. The BizZone is a dedicated space where you can have one-on-one meetings through an appointment based system. This year, BizZone meetings will be offered both on-site in Prague and in a virtual format through our brand new user-friendly event platform.

The event platform will be your single source for the following:

  • Access to program and event content including live-stream or on-demand presentations
  • Making appointments that will occur during the event and will serve as your personal calendar
  • Connecting you with other conference attendees (both in-person and virtual only)

*Note: Access to the platform will be available closer to the event to registered delegates.

We hope that we will see you in person in Prague as the event has always been known for its unique networking opportunities, but will be happy to connect virtually if not possible.

> IGHC In-Person Attendance Registration

> IGHC Virtual Attendance Registration

To provide flexibility, the 2021 IGHC will be a hybrid edition. For those who can travel, we will be delighted to welcome them in Prague. For those who cannot join us in-person, we will offer an online option, including streaming of the key sessions, a virtual exhibition hall and a state-of-the-art virtual appointment tool to facilitate networking. In-person and remote attendees will have many opportunities to connect and share during the conference.

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

> All you need to know about traveling by air in COVID times.

Registration Type  In-person & Virtual Access Virtual Access Only
IATA Member Airline $390 $250
IATA Strategic Partner $1800 $450
IATA GHP Member $1800 $450
General Public & Non-Member Airlines 


Airport/Government $1250 $450 


Sponsorship/Exhibition Contact​

Sandro Francini
Director, Business Development, McVEIGH Global Meetings and Events
Tel: +1 561 325 8200
Mobile: +1 561 289 4796


> Sponsorship opportunities

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



The Conference will take place at the Prague Congress Centre.

Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. The City of a Hundred Spires on the Vltava River ranks among the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Prague's location in the heart of Europe makes the city easily accessible to travelers from almost every country. Prague has always been a crossroad of the most important trading routes, as well as a cultural and political center of Europe. One of its major landmarks, Charles Bridge, symbolizes the historical connection between the East & West that made Prague a place where elements of Slavic, German, Italian, and Jewish cultures merged to create a picturesque city with a unique, magical atmosphere. Prague also became an important university center which gave the world a number of personalities without whose discoveries and inventions we could hardly imagine our lives today - contact lenses, screw-propeller or nanofibers.

One of the safest destinations with a great infrastructure offers a variety of different venues. The city has a long tradition in hosting significant international meetings. Thanks to all the changes in recent years, today the Prague Congress Centre offers a unique, meaningful and quality premises for every congress, congress, concert, company event or exhibition. It aspires to be innovative, efficient, pleasant, safe, socially responsible and technologically developed company with high quality services and sustainable operation.

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.

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