By Sade Williams
The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company PLC (nahco aviance) continues to demonstrate excellence in the Aviation industry with the recent recertification of its operations by IATA which issued it with fresh ISAGO Certificate.
The re-certification which runs till June 12, 2018 replaces the one which expires June this year. NAHCO had always had the certification, getting re-certified by IATA at the expiration of one certification.
IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations Program (SAGO) is a highly sought – for certification by ground handlers.
The current certification clears NAHCO in major operational disciplines including Organisation and Management (ORM); Load Control (LOD); Passenger and Baggage Handling (PAB); Aircraft Handling and Loading (HDL); Aircraft Ground Movement (AGM) and Cargo and Mail Handling (CGM).
The Company got different certifications for its Lagos and Abuja operations.
Speaking on the development, the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Yahaya Hassan said, “We are glad we‘ve achieved this again. Our excellent processes and procedures endear us to world leaders in Aviation.
According to Yahaya Hassan, who led the process of re-certification, NAHCO’s Kano operation is next in line for ISAGO certification.
“NAHCO will always do the right thing, the right way and will get the right results. That is the bedrock of our success,” Yahaya said.
ISAGO is an audit program for ground handling companies serving airlines at airports. The audit is built around a set of harmonized, globally recognized standards.
ISAGO aims to improve operational safety within the airport ground operations environment by reducing damage to aircraft and equipment and improving efficiency by reducing the number of redundant audits done by airlines on Ground Service Providers (GSPs). GSPs that model their operations on the ISAGO standards are making a commitment to operate according to globally accepted industry best practices.
The program is available to all GSPs worldwide, irrespective of size, or independent status.
The benefits of ISAGO are many. For ground handlers, ISAGO creates an environment for safer operations, resulting in fewer accidents and less injuries to personnel. Also, it reduces the number of audits from the customer airlines, allowing GSPs to focus their resources on operations.
For the airlines, ISAGO establishes a worldwide ground operational safety benchmark and standard. It will drive down the number of redundant audits by implementing a system of audit sharing and registration. Airlines will also save costs through less ground damage.
For the regulators and airport authorities, ISAGO improves safety oversight for the regulatory and airport authorities regarding the activities conducted by GSPs. Some international regulators and airport authorities are already considering ISAGO as a minimum standard of safe operations and have mandated the program in their respective areas/countries or airports.