The AHM contains all the industry-approved policies and standards to support safe and efficient ground operations above and below the wing.

Order the AHM online

If you are new to the AHM, all versions are updated annually. Digital products come with automatic updates for the year and a search function that makes finding current information easy. Plus, it's cheaper.

Note: Airport Handling Manual is a complementary manual to IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM). Buy them together and save. The IGOM is procedure driven, focusing on “how to ​​do”. The AHM is policy driven and focuses on “what to do”​​​​​​​.

You can benefit from Volume discounts on IGOM when purchasing the AHM & IGOM Combos: 10% discount for 5-9 units, 20% for 10-24 units, 30% for 25-99 units and 40% for 100 units or more. Contact our sales team for volume orders.

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What's inside the AHM

The AHM includes the only industry-recognized contract template, the Standard Ground Handling Agreement (SGHA) and the suggested template for Service Level Agreement (SLA).

  • Chapter 1 – Passenger handling
  • Chapter 2 – Baggage handling
  • Chapter 3 – Cargo/mail handling
  • Chapter 4 – Aircraft handling and loading
  • Chapter 5 – Load control
  • Chapter 6 – Management and safety
  • Chapter 7 – Aircraft movement control
  • Chapter 8 – Ground handling agreements
  • Chapter 9 – Airport handling ground support equipment specifications
  • Chapter 10 – Environmental specifications for ground handling operations
  • Chapter 11 – Ground operations training program

Still not sure if the AHM is for you? Download the full table of contents with over 15 sample pages.

Stay up-to-date

The AHM is published every year.

Each year, significant changes are done to policies and standards, that's why we publish a new version of the AHM every year.

The significant changes that were made to the 40th AHM include:

  • New section of Loading System Restraints
  • Updated instructions for the communication between Loading Supervisor and Load Controller
  • New Standard Agreement for Subcontracting of services between services providers
  • New Guidelines for electric powered GSE and Training for GSE Maintenance
  • Enhancement and overhaul of the Training Program Management requirements for service providers

Ground Operations Training

You can learn more about ground operations ensuring compliance with industry standards by taking ground operations courses.