By Adegboyega Oni
The management of Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC has described its performance in 2019 as a very successful one despite a lot of challenges such as inadequate airport infrastructure, gross underpayment for ground handling services, double taxation, and lack of public electricity.
The company during the year transited into a Public Liability Company, acquired many ground handling equipment to boost its operation and expanded its warehouse and new airlines chose it as their ground handling partner.
This was disclosed in Lagos to PortNews by Mrs. Vanessa Adetola Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications, SAHCO PLC, while reviewing the performance of the company in 2019.
Uansohia noted that while the airlines were getting waivers on equipment the ground handling companies could not, saying that they relied heavily on generators to produce power for their facilities in the year.
According to Uansohia, ‘’The past year 2019 was a successful year for Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC; we successfully transited into a Public Liability Company from being privately owned. We were able to acquire a fleet of ultra modern equipment, built ground support equipment from locally sourced materials, expanded our warehouse, new airlines choose us as their ground handling partner. It was a beautiful year indeed.
‘’The inadequate airport infrastructure has always been a hiccup that we have to encounter and because we are committed to excellence service delivery to our clients, we sometimes procure these infrastructures so as to ensure seamless service. We also have to rely heavily on generators to produce power for our facilities; we have freezers that need 24 hours power and also surveillance cameras as well as equipment so we have no choice but to do the needful.
‘’Also ground handling companies are grossly underpaid for the services that we render. The issue of double taxation cannot be over-emphasized because Airlines get waivers on equipment unlike us the ground handling companies.’’
On the projection for the year 2020, she told PortNews thus: ‘’The management of SAHCO is determined to continue to do what we do best which is to continually surpass our client expectations by providing the premium service that we are known for. We would also like to continue to be the best ground handling company in West Africa and strive to be the best in the global market.’’