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IATA Ground Handling Council (IGHC)

The IATA Ground Handling Council (IGHC) brings together 310 airlines, ground handlers, airports and authorities and serves as a platform where matters of mutual concern regarding ground operations can be discussed.

27th IGHC Ground Handling Conference

IGHC Ground Handling Conference is your “must attend” event in the ground operations industry.  Last year's edition attracted some 750 high-level industry attendees and over 35 exhibitors from the entire value chain.

This is your chance to engage, challenge and influence the direction in which the industry is heading!  Get more details on the IGHC Conference!

Development of ground handling standards

IGHC is a valuable source of key input to the ground operations industry agenda (pdf), from which the standards are developed on how ground handling activities at airports are conducted.

Who can join

IGHC membership is open to all IATA member airlines, Non-IATA airlines, Independent ground handling companies, Airports and Persons that provide or arrange for ground handling activities as outlined in Annex A of the current IATA Standard Ground Handling Agreement. For participation contact

IGHC membership benefits

Being a member provides you with one of the few opportunities to make your company visible and network with a significant cross-section of people and companies representing all aspects of ground handling and operations. You will also have the opportunity to: 

  • Forge a network of international contacts to exchange views and experience
  • Gain valuable expertise and knowledge with regard to ground handling priorities
  • Influence the future of the air transport industry by participating in the development of the AHM and IGOM as well as driving the implementation of standards and procedures
  • Preview future developments in new ground support equipment products and services

Additional information

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