Shortlist announced for 2019 Pride of Ground Handling Awards!

GHI'S Pride of Ground Handling Awards celebrate excellence in ground service across the globe and the all-important people who are passionate about performing the perfect turnaround. 

Launched in 2018 – the awards 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.

Our goal is to champion men and women on aprons across the world who exemplify a commitment to quality, safety, teamwork and innovation – as well as attracting new talent into a career in ground handling.

This year’s awards features a brand new Best Cargo Handling Operation category to acknowledge the crucial role of cargo in the ground handling business mix. In total, six categories are available for entry and winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at GHI’s 21st Annual Conference in Amsterdam on 5th November.

Click here to view the 2019 shortlist.


“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