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JNIA, KIA win prestigious global certification

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Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) and Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) joined Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in the prestigious recognition. According to Swissport Tanzania Quality and Compliance Manager Daniel Simkanga, it took almost a year for the firm to attain the certificate.

“We got the certification in January ... it came with a number of benefits for the country and our customers,” Mr Simkanga told the ‘Daily News’ in Dar es Salaam, adding: “We are the ones who also earned JKIA this certification.” Swissport also provides ground handling services at the Kenyan airport.

He said JNIA and KIA become 26th and 27th, respectively, to acquire the ISAGO certification, which some 250 airports have won in the world. “Johannesburg’s Olive Tambo (International Airport) has the certificate but on passenger handling - check in counters - only,” Mr Simkanga said.

ISAGO programme is an internationally recognised system for assessing the operational management and control systems of an organisation that provides ground handling services for airlines.

The review is structured to ensure standardised audit with consistent results across aviation businesses. The businesses of ground handling service providers are diverse, ranging from airside passenger transport and baggage handling to load control and cargo handling.

According to IATA, “ISAGO audit can be applied consistently to multinational ground handlers, as well as to smaller companies providing services at a single station.” IATA’s ISAGO registration scheme aims at guaranteeing safer ground operations, fewer accidents and injuries and elimination of redundant audits from airlines.

Other benefits are reduced costs - less damage and harmonised standards, improved safety oversight, harmonised audit training and qualifications.

Swissport Tanzania is a listed company with a track record of over 30 years and is the country leading aviation service provider operating at JNIA, KIA, Songwe Airport and Mtwara Airport.