Ariana-NAS expands ground handling at Afghan airports
Ariana-NAS, a joint venture between National Aviation Services (NAS) and Ariana Afghan Airlines, has launched ground handling services in Herat and Kandahar International Airports in Afghanistan, in a move that it is hoped will facilitate the integration of Afghanistan into the wider global economy.
“At NAS, we fully understand the opportunities and challenges of operating in emerging markets,” said Stephen Irwin, general manager of NAS Afghanistan. “Our commercial and operational expertise gives us the edge as an ideal partner in airports services worldwide, allowing us to operate at optimal financial and operational levels.”
“Development of the aviation industry is crucial to the development of emerging economies such as Afghanistan, as air transport plays a key role in supporting national long-term economic growth,” he added. “It provides direct benefits to users and wider commercial benefits by positively impacting growth and productivity.”
The amalgamation, introduced in January 2015, has seen the introduction of state-of-the-art Ground Support Equipment (GSE), new vehicle procurement, and organised management restructuring and extensive staff training, with further infrastructural developments to follow.