Qatar’s QAS becomes world’s 1st ground handler to join IATA’s IEnvA program

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), the subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group, has partnered with International Air Transport Association (IATA) to become the first ground handler globally to join the new extension of the IATA Environmental Assessment Program (IEnvA).

The IEnvA program for ground service provides a framework for achieving environmental sustainability across all ground operations. Leveraging the knowledge and experience garnered from the airline program, ground service providers can rely on its definitive guidance to reduce their impact on the environment, and improve health and safety for both employees and the community, while maintaining operational efficiency.

Through its participation, QAS aims to meet and exceed the highest environmental standards while preparing for future expansion strategies. The IEnvA program is an Environmental Management System initially offered to airlines, which demonstrates equivalency to the ISO 14001: 2015 environmental management systems standard.

His Excellency Akbar Al Baker
Akbar Al Baker
Group CEO – Qatar Airways

“I am proud to lead the efforts to create a sustainable aviation industry. Environmental sustainability awareness across the entire organization is critical to the success of Qatar Airways Group. Through IEnvA, Qatar Aviation Services will be able to demonstrate the value of environmental compliance and ensure sustainability in its operations.”

IATA’s Director General, Mr. Willie Walsh, said that “We’re delighted to count Qatar Aviation Services as the first ground handler to join the newly extended IATA’s IEnvA program. Sustainability is a critical challenge for our industry. By taking proactive steps to measure their impacts and address them throughout their operations with IEnvA, QAS and Qatar Airways Group will back their sustainability achievements with the most comprehensive global standard environmental certification available in the industry.”

Qatar Airways, under the Qatar Airways Group, first achieved the highest level of IEnvA accreditation in 2017, becoming the first airline in the Middle East to do so. The airline has since played a key role in contributing to the successful development of the IEnvA program.

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