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NAHCo obtains ICAO support for airport operations


Enugu-airportTHE Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCo) Plc has secured the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Regulated Agent Third Country Validation Process (RA3 Validation) for Port Harcourt Airport.

The firm’s Chief Commercial Officer, Seyi Adewale who disclosed this noted that this has further confirmed the dominance of the company in ground handling land scope.

He explained that the Regulated Agent Third Country Validation Process (RA3 Validation) for Port Harcourt Airport brings to three the number of airports where NAHCo Aviance had secured the all-important validation.

NAHCo, Adewale  further explained was the first ground handling company in the country to pass and receive the Ra3 Validation in compliance with the European Union (EU) regulatory requirements had previously received the first for the Lagos operations in 2013, followed by Abuja and now Port Harcourt.

According to him, these three stations were vital to its operations, adding that efforts were also in top gear towards securing same for other equally important stations where it operates.

This validation, the ground handling company, said has reaffirmed its position as the ground handler of choice for major airlines operating aircrafts from Nigeria to the EU, stressing that it further means that shipments emanating from its facility would be directly accepted in all EU Countries.

Like other licenses, the Ra3 Validation which is a critical requirement for EU bound flights will aid in drastically reducing the cost of acquiring ACC3 validation for the airline’s operations.

Adewale said the import of these licences for the client airlines would be a reduction in the cost of doing business.

“Notwithstanding the negative and unpleasant attention generated by the ‘worst airport’ toga on the Port Harcourt airport, we were undeterred and to show our patriotism, we deployed all our resources and compliance capabilities to reverse the impression. Consequently, all EU countries have been notified of Port Harcourt airport’s compliance to cargo export and this is worth celebrating”, he added.

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