The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc has received recertification of its operations by the International Air Transport Association.
According to a statement by the company, the new IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations Registration recertification which expires June 12, 2021, comes the same time the company received the RA 3 revalidation of its operations by the European Union in the country’s major airports.
NAHCO said that in 2010, it was awarded the ISAGO certification, the IATA Safety Audit for ground operations, becoming the first ground handling company in West Africa to receive one of the aviation industry’s highest honours for safety and service quality.
It added, “The recent ISAGO recertification came almost the same time the Third Country EU Regulated Agent validation was issued to a number of NAHCO’s airport operations. The stations include Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.
“The ISAGO Audit and ISAGO Registration means that NAHCO Aviance has demonstrated conformity with the applicable ISAGO standards and recommended practices as specified in the ISAGO Ground Operations Manual Edition 7 certifying its area of operations.
“Areas covered by the recertification include organisation and management, load control, passenger and baggage handling, aircraft handling and loading, aircraft ground movement and cargo and mail handling.”
The company listed benefits of ISAGO registration for ground handling and airport businesses as safer ground operations, fewer accidents and injuries, elimination of redundant audits from airlines, reduced costs, less damage and less audits, uniform audit process and harmonised standards.
Other benefits, it said, included improved safety oversight, harmonised auditor training and qualifications, improved quality standards and enhanced understanding of high risk areas within ground operations.
Meanwhile, the company has appointed a new Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Olatokunbo Fagbemi.
Her appointment was announced in a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange by the Board of Directors of the company, according to the company.
Fagbemi took over effective from December 20, 2018, following the resignation of the immediate past Managing Director, Mr Idris Yakubu.
“Fagbemi’s appointment is to drive the new group structure announced by the Company. All NAHCO’s subsidiary companies, including NAHCO Free Zone, NAHCO Energy and Power and Mainland Cargo Options Limited, will report directly to the GMD/CEO,” the company said in a statement.
“Fagbemi, a thoroughbred aviation management professional and a management turnaround expert with IATA, Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organisation certifications will bring on board her wealth of experience in championing the agreed strategic transformation plan of NAHCO following a board and management retreat with inputs from KMPG,” it added.