The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) set priorities for improving safety and reducing aircraft damage in ground operations. These are:
Regulatory Engagement: IATA will promote greater regulatory acceptance and utilization of ISAGO and IGOM at the national level. The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) already has endorsed these initiatives to which airlines and GSPs have committed. The goal is to achieve worldwide recognition of these programs by national regulators to initiate and implement oversight on ground operations.
“Ground handling is core to airline operations. Through renewed commitment to working together, taking a risk-based and data-driven approach, aviation stakeholders and regulators can improve safety and reduce the cost of ground damage, which is estimated in the billions of dollars annually. This will also increase reliability and improve operational performance,” said Guenther Matschnigg, IATA Senior Vice President Safety, Operations and Infrastructure.
Matschnigg was speaking at the 25th annual meeting of the IGHC which met in Prague from 6-9 May 2012.
Source = IATA