Enter your star performers and stations for the Pride of Ground Handling Awards

GHI’s all-new Pride of Ground Handling Awards celebrate excellence in ground services across the globe and the all-important people who are passionate about performing the perfect turnaround.

These new awards will showcase stations that go the extra mile to deliver added value services to airline customers and hit back against the myth that ground handling is simply a race to the bottom on price.

We also want to champion the men and women who exemplify a commitment to quality, safety, teamwork and innovation on the apron – as well as attracting new talent into a career in ground handling. There are five award categories to enter:


Best Station AwardBest Handler–Airline InnovationUnsung HeroRamp Safety AwardRising Star Award


Entry involves completing a detailed questionnaire by the entry deadline of 21 September, 2018. Qualifying entries judged by a panel of aviation industry experts. Our winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the 20th Annual GHI Conference in Gothenburg on 27th November.

So, if you believe that ground handling is much more than a race to the bottom on price. If you are proud of your station teams and their achievements. Or if you love working in the industry and want to inspire the next generation of operatives, team leaders and station managers, then enter the Pride of Ground Handling Awards.

GHI wants to hear from you!

“ASA are delighted to support the new GHI ‘Pride of Ground Handling Awards’. Our industry continues to grow at pace and we see more and more ground handling businesses invest in safety, people and technology. To recognise excellence in what we do, be it innovation, collaboration, ramp safety or simply an ‘unsung hero’ is a great initiative.”

Jon Conway, Director General, Airport Services Association

“Whilst safety must always be the first priority, service and innovation are key to the viability and sustainability of any ground handling business and this must involve establishing the culture of the organisation, management leadership and the motivation of staff. A key element to this will involve continuous innovation, constantly striving to improve all aspects of the business and not simply surviving by being the cheapest option"

John Willis, former Vice Chairman of the International Ground Handling Council

“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


Gothia Towers, Gothenburg - 27th November 2018