From checking in bags to refuelling the aeroplane, ground handlers are responsible for making sure that operations run smoothly at the airport.

As the demand for high-quality airport services grows, independent ground handling companies must continue to provide vital services while expanding globally.

Despite the growing demand, the ground handling sector faces major challenges. Airlines want to reduce costs. Airports want to extend their control over ground operations. There are high staff attrition and new environmental regulations. New technologies are changing the way passengers fly and how we work.

That’s why there has never been a better time to join a ground handling association.

1. An aligned and coordinated approach benefits everyone

The independent ground handling industry has grown and matured. Companies are realizing the merit of an aligned and coordinated approach on key technical, policy and industry matters. The industry will continue to experience growing pains; a cohesive industry voice can help.

2. Navigating a changing landscape

ASA represents the organisations that ensure the safety and comfort of billions of travellers. ASA guarantees the high quality and standardisation of airport services by listening closely to its members. By working together with affiliate organisations such as IATA or ACI, ASA makes sense of an increasingly complex and regulated aviation landscape.

3. Influencing decision making at all levels

Independent ground handlers are essential to the success of international air transport. ASA has leveraged this importance to secure a seat at the table of some of the most important Authorities, such as EASA in the EU, and many other local Authorities. ASA influences decision-making at all levels and on all issues that are relevant to the industry.

4. More than a membership

ASA members benefit from more than nominal participation. Members have access to a global network of GHSPs and relevant associations. Members can get their voices heard through our structured working groups meant to tackle pressing issues.

ASA is determined to advance the collective interests of its members. Ground handling is now a significant sector and a major employer. No plane can take off without us.

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