The AAGSC was originally
known as the Australasian Airline Ground Safety Council and
was a spin-off from a similar organisation, the Australasian
Airline Flight Safety Council (AAFSC), formed in 1980 by the
Safety Managers of Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways,
Trans-Australia Airlines, and Ansett Airlines.
While an exploratory meeting
between Ground Safety personnel of those airlines took place
in March 1982, the first meeting proper was held in
September of that year. Norman Hogwood of Air New Zealand
was elected Chairman and it was agreed that meetings would
be held quarterly, hosted by the member airlines in
rotation. It was further agreed that the core business of
the Council would be those activities pertaining to the
airport ramp and terminal operations.
In 1983 the Council was
expanded to five members when East West Airlines joined and,
in line with the policy of the AAFSC, the Royal Australian
Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force were also
offered membership which both accepted.
The nature of the Council’s
business agendas quickly identified the need to expand
membership further by including those organisations who
share the same airport working environment. Thus it was that
membership was opened to fuel companies, catering companies
and handling agencies.
Progressively, it had become
custom to invite representatives from the major airport
companies in the region to attend meetings in the capacity
of invited guests and by 1997 it had become clear that, due
to the evolution of the aviation industry and the
far-reaching legislation changes taking place, the Council’s
membership policy should be changed to allow airports to
become full members.