Posted by Sade Williams
The recent partnership between Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc and Skyward Aviation is set to significantly improve trade relations between Nigeria and China, as the Airline begins its direct cargo flights from Urumqi, China to Lagos.
And to cement the partnership, the handling agreement has been signed between the two parties, signaling the beginning of a rewarding relationship.
NAHCO Plc’s Executive Director, Commercial and Business Development, Prince Saheed Lasisi, said, at the contract signing ceremony, held at the Company’s Headquarters, that ‘we are very proud of the partnership, we are ready and willing to give Skyward Aviation the best handling possible, our men are ready to ensure that we make you happy, and we will not disappoint you. Nigerians now have a wider choice, and this will surely improve business for Nigerians’.
The contract runs for an initial period of five years, while the flights are currently on ad-hoc basis, operating between four and seven times a week, with possible extension.
NAHCO Plc has, with this signing, further increased its stakes in the nations ground handling business, providing world-class services to most of the top notched airlines operating in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Company recently renewed handling contract to provide handling for Qatar Airways in Lagos, for the next five years and have also won the bid to provide ground handling service to Qatar for its Abuja operations for a period of five years, covering: passenger, ramp and cargo services.
NAHCO Plc is a Nigerian diversified enterprise with interests in aviation cargo, aircraft handling, passenger facilitation, crew transportation and aviation training.
The Company currently serves several airlines across the major functional airports within Nigeria, and handles the largest chunk of domestic, foreign and cargo airlines.
In 2005, NAHCO was privatized and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2006. The Company is now owned by over 80, 000 shareholders, as well as local and institutional investors.