Kuwait-based National Aviation Services (NAS) expands its reach in the emerging markets by offering cargo and ground handling services in Mozambique as of July this year. Simultaneously, the company and its local JV partner Global Logistics Services (GLS) broke ground in Monrovia for a new cargo terminal.
NAS is committed to investing 44 million euros (US$50m) in Africa over the next three years. Mozambique is the first African country to benefit from this investment. There, the Arabian ground
service provider will start its contractual commitments in July. The activities encompass import and export cargo handling and the storage of shipments passenger and engineering services, ramp
handling, and aircraft maintenance for scheduled as well as adhoc airlines. These services encompass all airports in Mozambique and are not only offered at the capital city airport Maputo
Mavalane International, the country’s largest.
In a release, NAS emphasizes that through their commitment they ensure the “highest level of quality and security for international airlines” operating at the various airports in Mozambique.
Local workforce will benefit
On the occasion, Hassan El Houry, Group CEO of NAS 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.”
For doing so, NAS intends to invest heavily in human capital. Mr El Houry said: “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.”
Breaking ground in Monrovia
On the opposite, the western side of the African continent, NAS and their local joint venture partner Global Logistics Services Inc. broke ground in Monrovia, Liberia. At Roberts International Airport (RIA), GLS-NAS intend to build a 2,700 square meter cargo terminal. The project is termed: Roberts Air Cargo Center (RACC). It is aimed at improving RIA’s air cargo operations to meet international standards and support export supply capacity in Liberia.
The facility will fulfill the previous forecast in demand of about 3,500 sq. meters in air freight. The construction is expected to be completed by April 2020.
On the occasion of the ceremony, Peter Malcolm King, Chairman of GLS-NAS stated: “The Roberts Air Cargo Center will be the first of its kind in Liberia. It will provide the much-needed infrastructure to enhance air cargo supply chain operations, improve trade barriers and boost Liberia’s potential as a hub in the Mano River sub region.”
The freight terminal will be one of its kind with extended racking for storage, temperature controlled cold storage, freezers, dangerous goods storage, a vault, mail area and five loading docks that can be extended up to eight. The facility will also house a dedicated area for customs inspections and other government agencies. A separate freighter stand will also be developed by the Liberia Airport Authority.
Zero emission building
Once the freight terminal mission is accomplished, parking of larger all-cargo aircraft such as the Boeing 777F next to the terminal will be possible. GLS-NAS point out that their RACC will be self-sufficient in terms of power, water and sewage disposal. It also includes sustainable design features based on the principles of “Net Zero Emissions” and “Green Building” design.
In the current Monrovian cargo facility, GLS-NAS provides cargo services for nine carriers, among them are Arik Air, Brussels Airlines, Kenya Airways, Air Cote d’Ivoire and Royal Air Maroc. At Roberts International, the JV also caters for DHL Express.