Africa: SAHCO Gets ISAGO Recertification
Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) Corporate Headquarters, Lagos and Abuja station have been recertified by International Air Transport Association (IATA). The recertification was issued to SAHCO after it passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) standards audit conducted on the company after the expiration of the previous certification.
According to a press release by the Manager, Corporate Communications, Uansohia Adetola Vanessa by this recertification, it means that SAHCO PLC has continued to model its operations in Lagos and Abuja to ISAGO standards, as a result making a commitment to continue to operate to globally accepted industry best practices. The Audits cuts across Load control, Passenger and Baggage Handling, Aircraft Handling and Loading, Aircraft Ground Movement, Cargo and Mail Handling.
“As already pledged to its clients (current and prospective), it is SAHCO’s resolve to continually provide quality and efficient Passenger, Ramp and Cargo Handling Services in line with best practices and the highest International Standards to the delight of its customers and benefit of all stakeholders, utilizing State-of-the-art equipment, skills, procedures and facilities, and employing a dedicated workforce.”
The revalidation was issued to SAHCO after an onsite confirmation of the implementation of the ISAGO Audit which was certified to be in compliance with internationally recognized quality auditing principles.
ISAGO audit is essential to promote safe ground operations and understanding of high-risk areas within ground operations, the audit also eliminates redundant audits from airlines thereby promoting a uniform audit process and harmonized standards that improve quality standards in Aviation Ground Handling.
SAHCO Plc is a publicly quoted company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. It is incorporated as an Aviation Ground Handling services provider under the Nigerian Company & Allied Matters Act of 1990.
SAHCO, which was formerly known as Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited before it was privatized and handed over to the SIFAX Group on December 23, 2009, was carved out of the defunct Nigeria Airways as part of the Nigerian government’s Ministry of Aviation reform of 1996. On the 23rd of April, 2019 the company got listed in the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s Main Board.
The company is the only surviving subsidiary of the defunct Nigerian Airways and is the first government privatized company to be successfully listed under the guidance of the Bureau of Public Enterprises.
In SAHCO, the business model is geared towards delivering premium services and this has necessitated massive investment in personnel development, fleet replacement and infrastructure development over the years, with a spread to twenty-one (21) commercially operated airports, as a result making SAHCO a one-stop shop for Passenger Handling, Cargo & Ramp Handling services in the Nigerian Aviation Ground Handling services.