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IATA Ground Handling Council (IGHC)

The IATA Ground Handling Council (IGHC) brings together about 300 airlines, ground handlers, airports and authorities and serves as a platform where matters of mutual concern regarding ground operations can be discussed.

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

IGHC - IATA Ground Handling Conference

We are very pleased to share with you the news that the 28th IGHC has achieved a 95% overall satisfaction rating. 

This is a really great achievement and we would like thank you all for your help in reaching this result. It is, after all you, our hosts, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and members who make the event a success, so once again thank you for a tremendous job well done. 


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