Stories by Lawani Mikairu
The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) controls 80% of the local and 90% of the international cargo handling market in Nigeria .This was revealed by the Managing Director of the ground handling firm, Mr. Norbert Bielderman .
Addressing Aviation reporters in Lagos, Bielderman said the only local airline that nahco aviance does not handle is Arik and Med-View Airline adding that the company controls 80 per cent of the domestic market. He also said that nacho aviance has not lost its Ethiopian Airlines cargo handling to competition.
According to him, “Nahco handles 90 per cent of international market and our market share is still growing. The only viable international airlines we do not handle is South African Airways and Etihad.”
Bielderman further said nahco aviance did not lose the ground handling contract with Ethiopian Airlines to competition explaining that the airline has a global general sales service agent (GSSA) agreement with DHL.
“We did not lose Ethiopian Airlines (ET) cargo to competition. ET has GSSA agreement with DHL. What this means is that all cargoes on ET are being handled by DHL on behalf of ET Cargoes. Before now however, due to very low business volume, a competitor rented out a considerable portion of its under-utilised warehouse to DHL Cargo to its warehouse its (DHL) shipments.
“DHL has at least 60 per cent on these cargoes and therefore upon the arrival of ET aircraft, the company moves the shipments into the rented section of SAHCOL warehouse. This is what is wrongly viewed as a loss by nahco to that competitor. It is not. The agreement between DHL and the particular competitor is a global one; it is not limited to Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking about the recession and how it affects the ground handling firm, Bielderman said: “The truth is that the Nigerian economy is generally not doing very well. The current recession is not going to isolate anyone. Many Airlines are pulling out of Nigeria. A lot more airlines are reducing the number of their flights into the country. Only recently, the federal government had to come out to beg departing foreign airlines to come back. This is not the best of times for the aviation sector I in Nigeria.