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

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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”​​​​​​​.

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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

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 41st AHM include:

Changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • New: AHM Chapter on Pandemic management
  • Ground Handling during COVID-19
  • Transportation of Cargo in Cabin
  • Chapter 11 - training requirements for Return to Services
  • New: GSE Storage and Return to Service

Additional changes:

  • Revisions of AHM 904, 910, and 921 on Ground Support Equipment Specifications
  • New part of Chapter 9 - Mobile passenger boarding ramps
  • AHM 600 - Occupational health and safety and aircraft damage cost models revision
  • AHM 300 - Entirely revised section
  • Revision of Chapter 4 - AHM 440 on Aircraft Handling and Loading
  • New graphics and animation for Aircraft Marshalling and Hand Signals

Ground Operations Training

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