IATA Ground Handling Conference 2024 to focus on sustainability

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IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) 2024 to focus on sustainability

The 36th IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC), hosted by Icelandair in Reykjavík from May 7-9, 2024, will focus on integrating more sustainable practices into all aspects of ground handling operations.

The conference aims to tackle critical issues such as achieving the industry’s ambitious goal of net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, enhancing talent retention and development and making strategic investments to ensure long-term financial stability.

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Effective and sustainable ground operations are essential for the aviation industry to expand its economic and social benefits. By prioritizing people, operational sustainability, and financial resilience, the ground handling sector will become a cornerstone for broader sustainability efforts in aviation. This year’s IGHC will be an important milestone to align this crucial part of the value chain with the aviation sector’s broader efforts to become more sustainable socially, environmentally, and financially.

The event will feature a diverse lineup of industry speakers, including Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, and Bogi Nils Bogason, CEO of Icelandair. Other notable speakers include Atilla Korkmazoğlu, President of Ground Handling & Cargo at Celebi and ASA chair; Philipp Joeinig, CEO of Menzies Aviation; Dr. Archana Arcot, Chief People Officer at Unifi; and Monika Mejstrikova, IATA’s Director of Ground Operations.

Session tracks will delve into pivotal industry topics such as the transition to electric Ground Service Equipment (GSE), innovation on the ramp, training in ground operations sustainability, real-time baggage tracking, and enhancing the sustainability of workforce management.

Complementing the symposium are workshops, including a technical session to update ground handling service providers on the latest changes to the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) program, discussing its impact on their accreditation and registration processes. This will provide a valuable opportunity for attendees to stay informed about industry standards and ensure compliance with new guidelines. Additionally, a workshop on airlines’ ground operations will discuss and brainstorm the challenges and solutions of today’s complex ground handling industry.

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IGHC is more than just a conference; it is a pivotal event in the industry’s calendar. It leads the way in promoting a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient ground handling sector, equipped to adapt to the ever-evolving demands of the industry. The event assembles industry leaders from around the world for networking and business development opportunities, providing a unique platform for discussing and implementing industry standards, policies, and procedures.

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Author: Anastasiya Simsek