Handler NAS to expand operations in Africa

By Damian Brett

National Aviation Services (NAS) will expand its cargo handling operations in Africa after gaining a license for services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The ground handling license — Certificat d’Operateur d’Assistance en Escale (COEA) — was awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority of the DRC.

Under the terms of the COEA, NAS will offer ground and cargo handling services at Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma international airports.

NAS’s commitment includes investments into handling equipment, infrastructure, facilities, technology and human capital.

Hassan El-Houry, NAS group chief executive, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the AAC for awarding this license to NAS. As a part of our commitment, we will not only invest in physical resources and technology but also into the recruitment and training of local talent to offer more employment opportunities and career options for youth in the country.”

NAS has a presence in close to 50 airports across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia serving more than 100 airlines.

The handler said that in the face of the global pandemic, it has driven efforts to ensure uninterrupted services to both cargo and passenger flights in and out of the region.

“The global pandemic led to a major slowdown of the aviation industry. This win is of great significance to NAS as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment and continued fast-paced growth in the emerging markets,” El-Houry added.

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