In the previous year, NAS (www.NAS.aero) has added 16 additional airports to its expanding network; it is the fastest-growing aviation services provider in emerging countries and Africa’s largest ground handler.
National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest-growing aviation supplier in emerging countries, has agreed to buy a 51 percent ownership in Kenya’s Siginon Aviation Ltd. through a strategic partnership arrangement. Siginon Aviation, a Siginon Group Ltd. company, provides comprehensive airport ground handling and cargo management services.
“During the epidemic, our cargo services stepped to the forefront by keeping essential supply chains moving uninterrupted,” Hassan El-Houry, Group CEO of NAS, said of the new cooperation. We also handled about a million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine at various African airports due to ongoing immunization needs around the world. We extended our focus on cargo management in Africa to meet this expanding need, and the relationship with Siginon Aviation is quite timely.”
NAS’s global reach and expertise in airport services, combined with Siginon Aviation’s experience in Kenya, will successfully boost the region’s ground handling, ramp management, and cargo handling capabilities, particularly in East Africa.
“We anticipate immense promise for business and growth for both our workforce and our clients through service delivery – now and in the future,” said Meshack Kipturgo, Managing Director of the Siginon Group. This relationship reflects our shared desire to have a meaningful impact in service excellence, expand our footprint in Kenya and beyond, and capitalize on the cargo and aviation sector’s prospects.”
Siginon Aviation has improved its ground handling capability over the previous decade with a number of renovations, including the restart of operations in a state-of-the-art air cargo terminal and the acquisition of ramp equipment to expand its operations at JKIA in Nairobi. ISAGO, RA3, and ISO9001: 2015 certifications, as well as prizes for excellence in business, leadership, customer focus, marketing, HR development, and cargo, have all been received as a result of this.
NAS has increased its footprint in Africa with two airports in Kenya: Nairobi and Eldoret, thanks to this agreement. This expands NAS’s network throughout Africa and solidifies its position as the region’s largest ground handler. NAS successfully commenced operations in 14 airports across South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau, and Zambia last year, despite the hurdles provided by the Covid issue.
“In 2018, we promised to investing $50 million in the African aviation sector over a three-year period,” El-Houry said. The worldwide aviation industry endured a significant slowdown as a result of the pandemic, and NAS saw an 85 percent loss in revenue. Despite the difficulties, we remained committed to the industry and thrived during a challenging period. This is largely due to the remarkable goodwill we’ve developed with all of our stakeholders – our employees, customers, partners, and governments – who have all come together to support one another during this trying time.”
NAS is committed to both existing and new businesses as part of its expansion. NAS invests in facilities and infrastructure, equipment, technology, recruitment, and training of workers in over 55 airports across Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. NAS is also committed to improving local knowledge and skills while expanding employment and career prospects.
NAS provides ground-handling services to more than 100 airlines worldwide, administers more than 50 airport lounges across its network, and offers a broad range of services, including cutting-edge technology and training.