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DGCA introduces new safety rules for ground handling

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has introduced a comprehensive set of rules aimed at ground handling service providers to prevent incidents at airports and improve the overall quality of services. This move comes after an extensive consultation process with various stakeholders and seeks to establish a robust safety mechanism for ground operations.

News Arena Network - New Delhi - UPDATED: July 10, 2024, 10:40 PM - 3 mins read

DGCA Mandates Training For Ground Handling Personnel.

DGCA introduces new safety rules for ground handling

DGCA Mandates Training For Ground Handling Personnel.


The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has introduced a comprehensive set of rules aimed at ground handling service providers to prevent incidents at airports and improve the overall quality of services. This move comes after an extensive consultation process with various stakeholders and seeks to establish a robust safety mechanism for ground operations.

 

The new Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) mandates a framework for safe operations by Ground Handling Agencies (GHAs). These agencies now have a six-month period to comply with the provisions of the CAR. The goal is to prevent and mitigate ground incidents at airports, ensuring the safety, efficiency, and reliability of flight operations.

 

Ground Handling Agencies are integral to the airport aviation ecosystem. The safe and efficient functioning of these agencies directly impacts the quality of flight operations.

 

Recognizing the significant growth in aircraft movements and the complexity of ground operations, as well as the rise of third-party ground handling services, the DGCA has deemed it essential to establish safety standards for GHAs involved in ground operations at Indian airports. This aspect was previously unregulated under existing laws.

 

The implementation of this CAR will standardise requirements across all Ground Handling Agencies and strengthen the oversight mechanism. This includes specifying the training and competency requirements for ground personnel, who are crucial to the safe and efficient management of ground operations at airports. The six-month compliance window allows GHAs adequate time to align their operations with the new safety framework.

 

The DGCA’s move to issue this CAR highlights the importance of having a structured and regulated approach to ground handling services. As the aviation industry continues to grow, the need for stringent safety measures becomes increasingly critical.

 

The new regulations aim to create a safer and more reliable environment for both passengers and airline operators by addressing the potential risks associated with ground handling operations.

 

By implementing these rules, the DGCA seeks to enhance the overall quality of services rendered in safety-sensitive functions at airports. The standardisation of procedures and the establishment of clear training requirements for ground handling personnel will help mitigate risks and ensure that all ground operations are conducted safely and efficiently.

 

This initiative is a significant step towards reinforcing the safety culture within the aviation industry and ensuring that Indian airports adhere to the highest standards of ground handling services.

 

The DGCA’s new regulations for ground handling service providers represent a proactive approach to improving airport safety and service quality. The prescribed framework, developed in consultation with stakeholders, provides a clear roadmap for GHAs to enhance their operations and align with international safety standards.

 

As the aviation sector continues to expand, such measures are crucial in maintaining the integrity and reliability of flight operations, ultimately benefiting the entire aviation ecosystem.

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