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Ground Handling


GHOST Feb 2017 meeting summary.pdf
Focus 92 Anti-Collision Warning Beacons.pdf
GHOST 39 Post Meeting Pack.pdf

Latest update 03/11/2017: please see below for more details.


Ground handling covers all the activities related to aviation on the ground carried out for airlines, including check-in and transport of passengers, baggage handling, refuelling of the airplane, catering, preparation and arrival of the flight including cleaning, de-icing, positioning of the aircraft, freight and mail processing etc.

In a bid to improve the quality and efficiency of ground handling services at airports, the commission had previously introduced an Airports Package. Measures included increasing the minimum choice of ground-handlers available to airlines at large airports for key ground handling services which are currently restricted for things such as baggage handling, ramp handling, refuelling and oil, freight and mail services from two to three. However the newly elected commission at the end of 2014 decided to withdraw the Ground Handling Regulation, for which the Commission says no agreements are in sight, from their 2015 work programme .

ERA’s Position

ERA continues to monitor any regulatory proposals regarding ground handling.

The Directorate regularly attends the UK’s Ground Handling Operations Safety Team (GHOST), a multi-disciplined group set up by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and industry stakeholders to mitigate the safety risks from ground handling along with the support of numerous activities.  The group agrees approaches which could be in the form of a new high profile initiative or project, and provides clarity or enhanced guidance to an existing regulation, policy or procedure.


Latest update 03/11/2017: The 39th meeting of GHOST was held at the Compass Centre, Heathrow Airport on 3 August 2017. The meeting covered numerous ground handling issues, including dangerous goods, loading errors, winter operations and a safety ‘swap shop’. The official Post Meeting Pack is available to view in the downloads section on this page.  The next GHOST meeting (#40) is planned for 16 November at Manchester Airport.

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