National Aviation Services (NAS) (www.NAS.aero), the leading provider of airport services in emerging markets, has renewed its contract with Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) and Aqaba Airports Company (AAC) to operate and manage the airport terminal. Aqaba Air Cargo (AACT) for another 20 years. Aqaba, with its strategic location and status as Jordan‘s Special Economic Zone, is a regional center for trade, tourism and culture. The air cargo terminal, located in King Hussein International Airport, has been a key part of Aqaba’s logistics capabilities since its establishment in 2004.
As the exclusive provider of freight services, NAS has been the driving force behind AACT since 2006, providing world-class services including ground operations, cargo handling, warehousing services, bonded storage , safety and security services as well as ground equipment. The company has introduced an advanced freight management system to comprehensively manage all aspects of the freight business, from pricing, freight operations and invoicing to supply chain management. NAS has also invested in modernizing freight services by automating processes and providing transparency and tracking services to customers, which greatly facilitates import and export in the country.
Hassan El-Houry, CEO of NAS Group, said: “We are delighted to renew our contract and serve the Aqaba air cargo terminal for another 20 years. During the last term, we have fulfilled our commitment to the country by maintaining the highest levels of service with a strong emphasis on safety and security while investing in the development and operation of air cargo services. This helped unlock Aqaba’s air cargo potential and put Jordan on the global trade map, in line with the royal vision of transforming Aqaba into a world-class business hub and leisure destination. We have also provided a platform for export growth which has been supported by the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II as an engine of international trade and job creation. With this renewed agreement, we aim to further improve the air freight supply in the country and launch new initiatives in the near future. “
In 2020, NAS also successfully completed the Regulated Agent Third Country Validation (RA3)process for air cargo operations in Aqaba. This internationally recognized validation and certification process ensures EU regulatory compliance for the transport of air cargo to EU countries. Validation demonstrates the NAS’s compliance with EU air cargo security regulations and standards, including access control, cargo controls, external and internal audits, among others.
El-Houry stressed, “Jordan’s economic environment is favorable for foreign investment. With NAS investments in the Jordanian aviation industry, we also remain committed to increasing the country’s economic prosperity in the years to come.”
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