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Ground Handlers

Ground Handlers & IATA Publications Training Workgroups

Safe, efficient ground handling is essential to airline operations. We are pursuing a number of projects in this field with the assistance of our ground handling partners.

The Ground Handling agenda


Safety - #1 priority

The IATA Ground Handling agenda focuses on four pillars:  
  • Safe flight and safe ground operations
  • Operational efficiency and quality service delivery
  • Open, effective market
  • Sustainability

This ambitious agenda is led by working groups formed of ground handlers, airlines and other industry stakeholder. 

Join the IATA Ground Handling Council

The IATA Ground Handling Council (IGHC) is the major forum of international ground handling executives.

Members of the IGHC have the unique opportunity to participate in the standards setting process for ground handling.

See who is already a member of the IGHC 

See what it takes to join the IGHC

Access the IGHC extranet (members only)  


The IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO)

ISAGO is a safety audit standards designed in a way that makes it applicable consistently to multinational ground handlers, as well as to smaller companies providing services at a single station.

Schedule an ISAGO audit

See which companies are already ISAGO registered


What's new
PRESS RELEASE | Posted Oct 01, 2015
​IATA announced global passenger traffic results for August showing a continuation of the strong growth in air travel demand for both domestic and international traffic. Total RPKs rose 7.1% compared to the year-ago period.
PRESS RELEASE | Posted Sep 30, 2015
​IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that in August freight markets stabilized after two months of decline. Measured in Freight Tonne Kilometers, air cargo volumes rose 0.2% compared to the same month a year ago.

Upcoming events
Nov 05, 2015 - Nov 06, 2015 | Singapore
Mar 15, 2016 - Mar 17, 2016 | Berlin, Germany


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