National Aviation Services (NAS) is to start providing ground handling and cargo services in Mozambique beginning in July 2019.
This contract will cover ramp, passenger and engineering services and include check-in, boarding, ramp handling, maintenance and cleaning, as well as import and export cargo handling and storage, both for scheduled as well as ad hoc airlines at all airports in Mozambique.
NAS group chief executive officer, Hassan El Houry said: “Airline traffic is growing steadily in Mozambique. Coupled with the developing oil and gas, and mining sectors, there is a huge demand for air transport related goods and services for both cargo and passenger operations.
“This requires heavy investment in the latest equipment, technologies and processes at the different airports in Mozambique, all of which NAS can provide easily. We look forward to utilising our global experience and expertise to modernise operations and drive efficiency, using the latest technologies and operational practices.”
NAS said it is committed to investing US$50 million in Africa over the next three years, with Mozambique becoming the first African country to benefit from this investment.
With new infrastructure and fresh resources, equipment, technology and training, NAS said it will look to ensure the highest levels of quality and security for international airlines operating at the various airports in the country.
The ground handling and cargo management services extend NAS’s existing investments in Mozambique. This includes operating the FNB Lounge in departures at the Maputo International Airport since 2017 and a new FNB Pearl Lounge at the Maputo Domestic Terminal. New lounges are also under development at other airports in the country.
Present in more than 40 airports across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, NAS provides ground handling services to seven of the world’s top ten airlines. It said it has an average on time performance (OTP) of 98 per cent across its operations. NAS also manages 35 airport lounges and offers an expanded portfolio of aviation services that include innovative technology solutions.