IGHC Tackles Key Industry Challenges

The 34th IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) will be held from May 31 to June 2 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris, France.

The event returns to its traditional spring schedule after leading the 33rd annual event in Prague in November 2021 due to scheduling constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to focusing on sustainability and labor topics, IATA officials noted that this year‘s event will focus on implementing procedures and operations. To that end, it was recently announced that IATA and the Airline Catering Association (ACA) will introduce an updated Standard In-Flight Catering Agreement (SICA) designed to standardize operations and improve efficiency across the industry. of restoration.

“The SICA update is an important step that will benefit our respective members. The clarity it brings to the complex work required to produce millions of in-flight meals per day will help airlines and caterers work more efficiently together. And we look forward to creating even more value for our two memberships in future collaborations,” said ACA CEO Fabio Gamba in a press release announcing the new model.

Following the pandemic, the commercial aviation industry will have to continue to adapt to the increase in passenger air traffic with reduced staffing levels.

In a recent announcement, IATA officials stressed the need for efficient group operations to help the industry recover.

“Restoring thousands of ground service jobs without benefiting from the ‘institutional memory’ of those who have permanently left the industry is a daunting challenge,” the statement noted. “Add to that the fact that recruiting, training and certifying new employees can take up to six months, largely due to lengthy background security checks.”

More information about the IGHC can be found in the Events section of AviationPros and information regarding event registration and exhibitors can be found on the IATA website.

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