Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bayelsa State Government to be the official ground handling provider in the Bayelsa International Airport.
The Manager, Corporate Communications, SAHCO, Mrs Vanessa Uansohia, said the firm would offer services to both international and domestic airline operators. She stated that with manpower training and investments in state-of-the-art aviation ground handling equipment, among others, the company would exceed customers’ expectations.
SAHCO was chosen to be the only aviation Ground Handling company to cater for passenger handling services, ramp handling, cargo and warehousing amongst other aviation ground handling activities in the new airport.
The Bayelsa International airport, fully owned by the state government, was inaugurated last Friday with the first flight landed at the airport by Air Peace, boarded by Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson and other top government dignitaries and traditional rulers.
During the inauguration, Governor Dickson said,
“We conceived this airport the very first time we took office and in my inaugural address, I said that we were not going to play politics with the development of the state and Ijaw national interest. This is what I had in mind.
“This airport has a 3.5 kilometres run way, there is no airplane that cannot land here, whatever we are doing, we are not doing it just for the moment, we are doing it for the future. This project that you see has not cost us more than N60b. What you see here is of international standard. There is no federal government’s contribution to the airport.”
Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) is 100% owned by the Sifax Group and incorporated as an Aviation Ground Handling Service Provider under the Nigerian Company & Allied Matters Act of 1990.
SAHCO which was formerly known as Skypower Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO), before it was privatised and handed over to the Sifax Group on the 23rd of December 2009, was carved out of the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited as part of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Aviation’s reform of 1996.