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Ground Handling Council (GHC)

The Ground Handling Council (GHC) was established by the Operations Committee (OPC) to provide expertise on ground operations for all matters that relate to safe and efficient ground operations and to indicate how to implement those measures in a rational, co-coordinated and cost effective manner.

Industry Agenda

The GHC Industry Agenda (pdf) shall ensure that the IATA ground operations activities support the overarching objectives of a continued safe and profitable development of commercial civil aviation. This is accomplished by confirming that any industry practices, programs, initiatives and tools are aligned both between themselves as well as with the goal of safe and efficient ground operations that are applied uniformly by all industry representatives.

The industry agenda focuses on four pillars:

  1. Safe flight and safe ground operations
  2. Operational efficiency and quality service delivery
  3. Open, effective market 
  4. Industry sustainability


The GHC is responsible for the updating and implementation of the GHC Industry Agenda as well as for the interfaces with all programs, initiatives and IATA internal and external groups with a link to ground operations. GHC reviews and maintains the Airport Handling Manual (AHM) and IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM) and ensures that these are relevant to the ground operations industry.

Governance Structure

GHC is comprised of representatives from the airlines and ground handlers. GHC manages five task forces:

  1. Aviation Ground Service Agreement Task Force (AGSA)
  2. Airside Safety Group Task Force (ASG)
  3. Load Control and Aircraft Messaging Task Force (LCAM)
  4. Ground Support Equipment and Environmental Management Task Force (GSEE)
  5. IATA Ground Operations Manual Task Force (IGOM)

All Task Forces are open to IGHC members (IATA members, non-IATA airlines, Ground Service Providers and Airports) and IATA's Strategic Partners in the Ramp Services and Airside Safety area of interest.


Additional information

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