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IATA Ground Handling Conference to Focus on Sustainability Measures

This year’s annual IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) will focus on integrating more sustainable practices into all aspects of ground handling operations, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – APRIL 24, 2018: An American Airlines ground handling crew member pushes an Embraer 175 plane from a gate to the runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

The 36th staging of the conference will be held in Reykjavik from May 7-9, and will be hosted by Icelandair.

Discussions will focus on achieving the industry’s net zero COE emissions by 2050 goal, talent retention and development, and strategic investments for long-term financial success.

“For aviation to grow its economic and social benefits, effective and more sustainable ground operations are crucial. By prioritising people, more sustainable operations, and financial resilience we are building a more robust ground handling sector. This year’s IGHC will be an important waypoint to align this important part of the value chain with the aviation sector’s efforts broad efforts to become more sustainable socially, environmentally and financially,” said Monika Mejstrikova, IATA’s Director of Ground Operations.

IGHC will also feature a technical session for IATA to inform ground handling service providers about changes to the Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) programme and how it affects their accreditation and registration.

IATA’s Director General, Willie Walsh, and Bogi Nils Bogason, CEO, Icelandair will be speaking at the event. Other speakers include:

  • Atilla Korkmazoğlu, President, Ground Handling & Cargo, Celebi, and ASA chair
  • Philipp Joeinig, CEO, Menzies Aviation
  •  Archana Arcot, Chief People Officer, Unifi

Session tracks will cover:

  • Transitioning to electric Ground Service Equipment
  • Innovating on the ramp
  • Regulating for safety
  • Training in ground operations sustainability
  • Real time baggage tracking
  • Strengthening service level agreements
  • Improving People sustainability in ground handling
Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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