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Airport Handling Manual (AHM)

​The Ground Handling Standard – 36th edition coming soon!


The Airport Handling Manual (AHM) is your definitive source for the latest industry-approved policies and standards covering all facets of safe and efficient airport operations.

AHM & the IATA Ground Operations Manaul (IGOM) are now stand-alone, interdependent products which are also available as combos.
The AHM is policy driven and focuses on “what to do”.
The IGOM is procedure driven and focuses on “how to do it”.

Why the AHM? Products & Pricing Related Products Related AHM Resources Related Industry Activity
The only industry-approved standards for safe and efficient airport operations, and the reference for the latest ground handling policies and safety guidelines. AHM also includes the only industry-recognized contract template, the Standard Ground Handling Agreement (SGHA).

The SGHA allows all stakeholders to: 
  • Simply select the functions of the ground handling services required between the parties
  • Conduct efficient negoations that start on a level playing field

By applying these standards, organizations benefit from:

  • Enhanced safety performance
  • Access to the best practices, reviewed, discussed and approved by fellow industry professionals from airlines, ground service providers and manufacturers
The AHM covers a range of subjects as follows, for a more detailed view, please refer to the upcoming 36th edition table of contents (pdf):
​AHM Numbers ​Category
​001–099 ​General
​100–199 ​Passenger Handling
​200–299 ​Baggage Handling
​300–399 ​Cargo/Mail Handling
​400–499 ​Aircraft Handling and Loading
​500–599 ​Load Control
​600–699 ​Airside Management and Safety
​700–799 ​Aircraft Movement Control
​800–899 ​Ground Handling Agreements (SGHA)
​900–999 ​Airport Handling Ground Support Equipment Specifications
​1000–1099 ​Environmental Specifications for Ground Handling Operations

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