National Aviation Services (NAS) has agreed to buy a 51 percent stake in Siginon Aviation Ltd. of Kenya through a strategic partnership arrangement.
NAS provides ground-handling services to over 100 airlines worldwide, administers over 50 airport lounges across its network, and offers a comprehensive array of services that includes new technological solutions and training.
Siginon Aviation has increased its ground handling capacity over the previous decade through a variety of enhancements, including the restart of operations in a state-of-the-art air cargo terminal and the procurement of ramp equipment to support its operations at JKIA in Nairobi. This has resulted in the company receiving various industry certifications and accolades, including ISAGO, RA3, and ISO9001: 2015, as well as awards for business, leadership, customer focus, marketing, HR development, and cargo excellence.
The combination of NAS’s global reach and expertise in airport services, along with Siginon Aviation’s experience in Kenya, will successfully boost the region’s ground handling, ramp management, and cargo handling capabilities, particularly in East Africa.
NAS has increased its presence in Africa with two airports in Kenya – Nairobi and Eldoret – as a result of this collaboration. This expands NAS’s network in Africa and improves its position as the region’s largest ground handler. Despite the hurdles provided by the Covid issue, NAS successfully commenced operations in 14 airports across South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau, and Zambia in the previous year.
NAS’s expansion demonstrates its commitment to both existing and new activities. NAS invests in facilities and infrastructure, equipment, technology, recruitment, and training of workers in over 55 airports across Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. NAS is also committed to enhancing local knowledge and skills while expanding employment prospects and career opportunities.