Standard Ground Handling Agreement Training Programme

IATA has explicitly identified its resolutions and standard practices as benchmarks for the provision of services to businesses and has presented them verbatim in the new subsections 5.3 (a) and b). In the world of airlines/service providers, the acronym “SGHA” is of great importance. The Standard Ground Handling Agreement is a widely used document that defines the business relationship between airlines and ground service providers. This is a proposal for a contract for the provision of groundhandling services agreed across the sector. Business and operational details are included simultaneously in the same document. This new clause will protect customs clearance companies if an airline tries to circumvent an unfavorable contract and simply set its “in-source” requirements. This is no coincidence. The agreement has been constantly improved by industry experts for several years. In the late 1950s, as airlines focused on the primary mission of passenger and cargo transportation, groundhandling companies began offering services to meet increased demands for safe and efficient services. A group of airlines in Europe has recognised the need to set standards in order to deduce cooperation in the provision of airport services, either between the two or bilaterally. In 1988, the first IATA Ground Handling Council (IGHC) was held in Montreal and replaced the Airport Handling Committee. Since then, the Aviation Ground Service Agreements Task Force (AGSA) has been working annually to improve and update the SGHA.