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GHI has once again decided to host the awards as a free to view virtual awards ceremony after seeing impressive attendance levels from aviation colleagues around the world last year and to reflect continuing travel disruption.

Thank you very much for supporting our campaign to champion the part played by aviation operators in battling the coronavirus pandemic again this year and celebrating ground service excellence. We received a great number of entries, our judges are currently reviewing these and the shortlist will be announced on the 5th November 2021.

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The Judges

Gustavo Di Cio

Abiax Air Aviation


Mohammed Akhlaq


Chief Commercial Officer

Nick Pelham


Ground Operations Quality and Safety Manager

Max Gosney

Ground Handling International

Portfolio Director & Conference Chairman

John Willis

Independent Consultant

Desiree Perez

Level Up Your Potential

Leadership Coach & Aviation Consultant

Michael Bloomfield



Tania Boyes

Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Director Cargo Operations

Terry Trainor

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)

Senior Vice President Ground North America

Celine Hourcade

Change Horizon

Founder & Managing Director

Robert Fordree

Menzies Aviation

Executive Vice President – Cargo

Yulia Celetaria

Volga-Dnepr Group

Global Director Healthcare

Mike Garland

American Airlines

Director Airport and Corporate Purchasing

Andres Diez


Head of Global Commercial

Samantha Payne

Ground Handling International


“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