Join GHI for a special ceremony, which takes place at the 24th Annual GHI Conference from 1100-1130 in the main Conference Room. 

Launched in 2018 – the Pride of Ground Handling Awards showcase aviation teams that go the extra mile to deliver added value services to passengers and exemplify a commitment to quality, safety, teamwork and innovation.

If you are proud to work in aviation and want to help GHI hit back against the myth that ground handling is locked in a race to the bottom on price then come and join this special ceremony.

2023 shortlist

Unsung Heroes Award

  • Mustafa AlAlawi, Transom Handling
  • Fred Alberto Batallanos Barrionuevo, Talma Servicios Aeroportuarios S.A
  • Mohammed Al Rubai, Transom Handling
  • JJ Hernandez at San Diego Station, Unifi Aviation

Best Station Award

  • AISATS Delhi, India
  • Asia Airfreight Terminal, Hong Kong International Airport
  • BGS VNO, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • SAASA, Lima Peru
  • Talma Servicios Aeroportuarios S.A, Lima – Jorge Chavez International Airport, Peru
  • Transom Handling, Muscat International Airport
  • Unifi Dallas Fort Worth Station for Spirit Airlines
  • Swissport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

Ramp Safety Award

  • AISATS at Delhi & Bangalore, India
  • Muscat International Airport, Transom Handling
  • Bwire Gonza, Entebbe International Airport, Uganda
  • Badar Kareem & Team – Gerry’s dnata HSEQ Team

Innovation Award

  • Aircraft Safety Rollers, Ramp, SATS Asia-Pacific Star
  • WFS Barcelona
  • AISATS at Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, India
  • Unifi Aviation
  • Modified Mobile Platform, Cargo Air Freight Terminal Warehouse, SATS

Aviation Team Award

  • London Luton Stakeholder Collaboration Group
  • Doha, Qatar, Qatar Aviation Services
  • AOTGA- AOT Ground Aviation Services, Thailand
  • Muscat International Airport, Transom Handling

Pride of Ground Handling Awards 2022

“At Swissport, we believe that recognizing people for their engagement drives a positive culture and demonstrate that getting our operation safer, performant and efficient matter and that all of us can benefit from it, including our customers.”

Alexandre Bolay , VP Global QHSE, Swissport

"We see the GSP and their employees as part of our team at Jetstar. We support the ethos of GHI's Pride of Handling Awards because creating step change through collaborative innovation with our people enables us to achieve safer and more efficient operations. By discovering and implementing best practice and contemporary processes, systems and equipment we are able to continually improve our operations and the engagement of our teams.”

Derrick Ogden, Quality Systems Manager - Jetstar Airways

“An awards that encourages staff to go above and beyond in their daily work, due to high levels of motivation has our full support. The feeling of recognition leads to higher performance level and it also serve as a positive example to other team members.”

Karim Yacoub, Quality & Safety Supervisor, Link Agency

“Sofiya winning the Rising Star Award makes me incredibly proud. I am thrilled that her talent and work ethic have been recognised and rewarded by industry leaders around the world. She is very active in our operation, always looking for ways to improve, and a great motivator to our team members. Congratulations Sofiya, well deserved.”

Pierre Herrbach, Regional Director, Eastern Canada, Airport Terminal Services

“I am very humbled to win this award knowing how many great people work in this industry. After being in the business for only a short period of time, it proves that dedication and hard works pays off... When I first joined ATS back in 2014, it was just supposed to be a fun summer job. I never expected to make a career out of it… but here I am, six years and three positions later. Sometimes you need to try different things, to understand what you really want.”

Sofiya Maksymchuk, Safety & Training Officer, Airport Terminal Services and Rising Star Award-winner 2019

“Winning the Pride of Ground Handling Award is a life achievement, as it has given me courage and motivation to continue working. I have earned a lot of respect from colleagues and some people now call me ‘International Man’. My family and I are proud to be recognised internationally.”

Mutungi Amos Muhoozi, Ground Safety Equipment Operator, National Aviation Services and Ramp Safety Award-winner 2019

“Winning the Pride of Ground Handling Award has certainly given word-class recognition to our good work and grown confidence among our stakeholders. We believe in the adage that a good beginning makes a good ending and it is therefore important to recognise the ground handling excellence and support that cushions the travel journey. We should acknowledge our unsung heroes behind every good passenger experience.”

Passenger Service Team, SATS, Singapore; winners of the Best Handler-Airline Innovation Award 2019

“Winning the award has supported the propagation of our message to the world that success and recognition through persistence, resilience and hard work sees no boundaries. It is an honour for my team, as well as for me, to be able to garner such a position on an international platform through GHI’s Awards, which impeccably represent the global aviation industry.”

Syed Haris Raza, CEO, Gerry’s dnata – winner of the Best Cargo Handling Operation Award 2019