The shortlist for GHI’s Pride of Ground Handling Awards 2020 has been revealed

This year’s awards placed special emphasis on showcasing the role of frontline teams in helping battle the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 120 entries were received from stations across the globe from Lima to Liege and detailed innovations to keep passengers Covid-safe and ensure the supply of PPE to pandemic hit hotspots.

Judges praised the exceptional efforts demonstrated by stakeholders in extremely challenging circumstances in 2020.

Our Judges said: “Almost all entrants have performed going way beyond ordinary dealing with something no one could have predicted. Every one of the entrants displays a winning attitude, impressive creativity, and admirable passion for their job.”

The winners of GHI’s Pride of Ground Handling Awards will be announced on 1 December at a special online ceremony taking place as part of GHI’s Digital Reconnect event. Book your place now.

The Shortlist

Best Cargo Handling Operation Award

  1. Çelebi, Çelebi Delhi Cargo India
  2. dnata, Singapore
  3. SAASA, Lima
  4. SATS, Singapore
  5. Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), Spain

Best Station Award

  1. Beijing Aviation Ground Services (BGS), Beijing
  2. dnata, Singapore
  3. Iberia Airport Services, Madrid
  4. Link Aero Trading Agency, Cairo
  5. Qatar Aviation Services, Doha
  6. Swissport Argentina, Ushuaia

GSE Innovation Award

  1. Celebi, TaxiBot, Smart Taxiing Solutions
  2. dnata & JBT Aerotech, Cargo Chute
  3. dnata, Rolox (Robert Powell)
  4. dnata, Sustainable taxiing by use of TaxiBot, Schiphol
  5. FAST Global Solutions, AlphaCart
  6. Qatar Aviation Services, QAS UV Disinfection in partnership with Honeywell & Qatar Airways

Handler-Airline Innovation Award

  1. Gerry’s dnata, Muhammad Maaz Khan, Pakistan
  2. National Aviation Services,
  3. National Aviation Services, Turnaround Coordinator (TRC) App
  4. PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS), ASA Mobile App
  5. SATS, Transit/Transfer Operations during COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore
  6. Swissport Brazil, Claudinei Fernandes de Paula

Ramp Safety Award

  1. Danilo Prata, Swissport Brazil
  2. Frank Martin Pretorius, National Aviation Services
  3. Mark Kerins, Stobart Aviation Services
  4. Menzies Aviation Risk Team, Smart App
  5. Tomasz Kowal, LS Airport Services

Unsung Hero Award

  1. Asaad Gerges Shenouda, National Aviation Services
  2. Li Jia Meng, Beijing Aviation Ground Services (BGS)
  3. Marta Gawęcka, LS Airport Services
  4. Mukhtar Ahmed & Shaikh Arshad Ali, Qatar Aviation Services
  5. Team Mumbai, CELEBINAS Airport services India Pvt

“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