• Thursday, February 29, 2024
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NAHCO signs 8 aviation handling contracts

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In a move that confirms its dominance of the ground handling sub-sector of the Nigerian aviation industry, NAHCO Aviance has signed a series of contracts to provide excellent service to eight international and domestic operators.

In a statement issued after the New Year holiday, the company disclosed that it will handle long-term client and partner Egypt Air from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2028.

Egypt Air has joined the list of NAHCO’s clients with five-year contracts, in addition to Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines, which recently increased NAHCO’s share of its warehousing wallet.

The contract with Egypt Air rounded off the list of contracts entered into with several airlines, including Nigeria’s largest carrier, Air Peace, for domestic, regional, and international operations; Rwand Air (including at Kano); ASKY; Air Maroc; DHL Aviation; Dana Air; and Astra Aviation.

The contracts, excluding Egypt Air’s, are for three years each.

GMD/CEO of the company, Indranil Gupta, expressed his delight about the development, saying the company will always be the go-to ground handler in the country.

He said, “These partnerships underscore the confidence our clients place in the excellence and efficiency with which NAHCO is synonymous. Our dedicated and robust workforce is committed to upholding the highest operational standards. We remain unwavering in our pursuit of continuous growth and improvement, always exceeding expectations to ensure client satisfaction.”

Saheed Lasisi, the Group Executive Director of Commercial and Business Development, acknowledges the competition in the industry but adds nonetheless that NAHCO will always be the provider that airlines will partner with.

According to him, the company has a strong and dedicated workforce that is second to none in the industry.

“It is very clear that NAHCO is a strong and efficient brand that has endured more than 44 years of aviation handling efficiency and high-quality standards.

“Our professional and operating ethics set us far above other operators, and this is further proven by our growing list of satisfied local and international airline partners. We will deliver on our promises, and we will deliver service beyond expectations,” Lasisi said.

Lasisi disclosed that the first set of modern GSE, which the company had paid for, will arrive on the shores of Nigeria this quarter, 2024.

He explained that the investment in modern GSE is strategic as NAHCO seeks to expand its operations and further delight its clients.