LIBERIA: GLS-NAS Receives its First ISAGO Certification

A Liberian Global Logistics Services Inc. (GLS) and National Aviation Services (NAS) joint venture company, GLS – NAS, has received its first IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification, for operations at Roberts International Airport in Monrovia.

The ISAGO certificate is an internationally recognized system for assessing operational management and control systems for ground handling service providers. Based on industry-proven quality audit principles, ISAGO follows a stringent and structured process that reviews training, management system policies, processes and procedures, etc.

This ISAGO certification is a major achievement for GLS–NAS that managed to clear the rigorous audit process for the first time despite being challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Axel Coulibaly, General Manager of GLS NAS highlighted, “GLS NAS is pleased to be awarded its first ISAGO certification. With the Covid-19 pandemic gripping the world and the closure of airports, we faced several challenges. However, with our adaptability and resilience, we continued to serve the aviation industry in the country to meet its full potential and keep essential supply chains in the country moving.”

GLS – NAS has been operating in Liberia since October 2017, providing cargo handling services to airlines like Arik Air, Kenya Airways, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Brussels Airline, Royal Air Maroc, ASKY, Air Peace and DHL cargo aircrafts. In April 2019, the joint venture broke ground in Monrovia for a new 2,700 square meter cargo terminal at Roberts International Airport (RIA). The Roberts Air Cargo Center (RACC), aimed at improving RIA’s air cargo operations to meet international standards and support export supply capacity in Liberia is expected to be complete by 2021.

Commenting on the certification, Peter Malcolm King, Chairman of the Board of Directors, GLS – NAS said, “This ISAGO certification is a significant milestone, a vindication and a validation of the shareholders’ long term commitment to building a vibrant, safe and efficient aviation sector in Liberia. We are proudly a Liberian company and we remain focus on delivering best of class services at the Roberts International Airport”.

Globally, NAS has a presence in more than 45 airports, handling seven out of the world’s top 10 airlines and operating more than 45 airport lounges across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. NAS also offers an expanded portfolio of aviation services that include innovative technology solutions, travel solutions and training.

About National Aviation Services (NAS)

National Aviation Services (NAS) is the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets.

Established in 2003, NAS quickly transformed from a Kuwait based ground handling company into an emerging markets leader in the industry. NAS is present in over 45 airports across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, handling seven of the world’s top 10 airlines and managing more than 45 airport lounges.

With an employee base of over 8,000 capable and experienced employees at the core of its worldwide network, NAS is committed to providing aviation services that benchmark to the best in the world.

The NAS portfolio of services includes ramp and passenger services, cargo management, engineering and line maintenance, airport technologies, fixed base operations, terminal management, aviation training, travel solutions, lounge management and meet-and-assist packages.

Affiliated with leading industry organizations, NAS follows international aviation standards with certifications from ISO, EMS, RA3 and OHSAS practices. NAS is one of the first ground handlers in the world to obtain the IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification illustrating the company’s commitment to providing high quality services, with a focus on safety and security.


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