Coronavirus: information for our delegates

19 March, 2020

Due to the escalating Covid-19 pandemic and the devastating impact the virus is having on the aviation community – we have decided to postpone the 9th GHI Safety Conference from 12-13 May until 8-9 September 2020.

All delegate places will be transferred to the new dates. 

Thank you for your understanding and support during this traumatic time for our entire industry. 

Our decision to postpone is strongly guided by an appreciation of the devastating impact Covid-19 is wreaking on frontline aviation businesses worldwide. We’re aware that you and your teams are working around the clock to deliver heightened passenger screening, cleaning regimes and easing public concerns over the virus. Many of you are also having to take unprecedented steps to mitigate the financial impact of travel bans and decimated schedules, including the grounding of aircraft, reductions in headcount and lobbying for essential government assistance.

It is only right that the sole focus of our community is for now on delivering those critical activities. 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support during this unprecedented situation. 

If you have any further questions, please email: conferences@groundhandling.com 

Best wishes
The GHI Team

18 March, 2020

During this traumatic time for the world’s aviation community – the GHI team wants you to know that we stand shoulder to shoulder with all of our delegates across the globe in their battle against the deepening Covid-19 pandemic.

It is with heavy heart, but a deep conviction that we are acting responsibly and in line with your best wishes that we must prepare you for news of a number of postponements to upcoming GHI Conferences. We are working hard with our venues and suppliers to finalise new dates and we will let you know date changes as soon as we possibly can. Please bear with us.

This difficult decision is strongly guided by an appreciation of the devastating impact Covid-19 is wreaking on frontline aviation businesses worldwide. We’re aware that you and your teams are working around the clock to deliver heightened passenger screening, cleaning regimes and easing public concerns over the virus. Many of you are also having to take unprecedented steps to mitigate the financial impact of travel bans and decimated schedules, including the grounding of aircraft, reductions in headcount and lobbying for essential government assistance.

It is only right that the sole focus of our industry is for now on delivering those critical activities.

Equally, a time of crisis is when a community must come together and draw collective strength. GHI will not baulk from our mission to bring the world’s aviation community together. We will launch a weekly Covid-19 aviation community response e-newsletter, which will bring you all of the latest updates on the virus, profile the frontline activities of industry stakeholders and share best practice ideas on how you and your teams can navigate your way through the storm. We ask you all to support this initiative by sending us your stories of resilience and bravery in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic or simply sending us your messages of support. Please email us your Covid-19 accounts and experiences to: max@groundhandling.com

We will also investigate other opportunities over the coming months to maintain an unbroken causeway that allows our community to work together to overcome this crisis.

And remember, this wonderful industry in which we work and love has overcome traumatic times before, with both 9/11 and SARS in our recent memory. We must retain an unshakeable collective belief in our ability to triumph over adversity once again whilst having the courage to meet the brutal facts of our current reality head on.

You will be back our friends and so will we. Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to the pleasure of your company soon.

Best wishes

The GHI Team