The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, SAHCOL, MallamAminu Kano International Airport, Kano Station, has passed the International Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO), conducted by the International Air Transport Association IATA.

According to SAHCOL’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Basil Agboarumi, this certification signifies that the SAHCOL at the MallamAminu Kano International Airport, Kano, has now modeled its operations to the ISAGO standards, as a result making a commitment to operate to globally accepted industry best practices.

The registration, which is in accordance with the provisions of the ISAGO Programme Manual covers the operational disciplines of Load Control (LOD), Passenger and Baggage Handling (PAB), Aircraft Handling and loading (HDL), Aircraft Ground Movement (AGM), and Cargo and Mail Handling (CGM).

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company limited’s Lagos Station was first certified in 2011. The certification of the Kano Station now brings to three (Lagos, Abuja and Kano) the number of SAHCOL stations admitted on the IATA website as an “ISAGO Registered Provider”, having undergone an ISAGO Audit and cleared all findings.

ISAGO audit is essential to promote safer ground operations, understanding of high risk areas within ground operations. The audit also eliminates redundant audits from airlines, hence promoting a uniform audit process and harmonized standards that improve quality standards in aviation ground handling.

SAHCOL came under the SIFAX Group in December 2009, courtesy of its successful privatisation by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Since then, the company has invested in personnel development, purchase of modern ground handling equipment, infrastructural development and good customer services, which has helped reposition the company to meet the expectations and needs of its growing list of clientele.