NAS Confirms Plan to Invest $50 Million in Africa
Fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets, National Aviation Services (NAS), intends to invest $50 million in its African operations, beginning with a series of projects in Mozambique.
Beginning in July 2019, NAS will offer comprehensive ground handling and cargo services in Mozambique.
The move will cover ramp, passenger and engineering services and include check-in, boarding, ramp handling, maintenance, cleaning as well as import and export cargo handling and storage for airlines at all airports in Mozambique.
“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,” said NAS Group CEO, Hassan El Houry.
“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 utilizing our global experience and expertise to modernize operations and drive efficiency using the latest technologies and operational practices,” El Houry added.
NAS plans to invest $50 million in Africa over the next three years. The company confirmed that Mozambique will be the first African country to benefit from this investment. The company stated that the move will not only benefit trade and tourism, but also create job opportunities for youth in the country.
“At NAS we truly believe that employees are core to our business. As a strong glocal company, we continue to maintain this in all the countries we operate in by investing in our human capital. We believe in recruiting local employees and training them not only to ensure service quality and secure operations, but also for future career development. In the coming years, we will be hiring around 1,000 Mozambicans to join our global operations,” El Houry, added.
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.
NAS, which is present in more than 40 airports across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, provides ground handling services to seven of the world’s top ten airlines. The company also manages 35 airport lounges and offers an expanded portfolio of aviation services, including ramp and passenger services, cargo management, engineering and line maintenance, airport technologies, fixed base operations, terminal management, aviation training, travel solutions, lounge management and meet-and-assist packages.