Air Transport Association and Afroport Mauritanie Sign Ground Handling Safety Agreement

Air Transport Association and Afroport Mauritanie Sign Ground Handling Safety Agreement

As part of the Ground Handling Safety agreement signed between IATA and Afroport Mauritanie, two critical global standards: the IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM) and the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) will be used to enhance the safety of ground operations in Mauritania.).

Afroport Mauritanie, the operator of Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport, and Ahmed Al Hadabi, Group CEO of Terminals Holding, the parent company of Kamil Alawadhi, IATA Regional Vice President, Africa and the Middle East, signed the agreement and established the following joint work program:

• Ground handling service providers (GHSP) will be encouraged to adopt IGOM by Afroport Mauritanie.
• Afroport Mauritanie will accept ISAGO as a means of compliance and will make ISAGO registration and station accreditation a requirement for GHSPs to operate.
• Ground operations at the airport will be monitored by Afroport Mauritanie and IATA in order to identify opportunities to improve safety

A safe aviation industry depends on global standards, such as IGOM and ISAGO. By joining IGOM and ISAGO, Afroport Mauritanie will contribute to Mauritania’s economic development and social advancement. Among the factors limiting the benefits aviation can bring to Africa are low adoption rates of global standards. According to Alawadhi, this agreement sets a great example for airports across the African continent to follow.

Our partnership aims to promote a strong aviation sector with global standards and best practices at its core. “IATA’s agreement is a significant step toward standardizing, sustainable operations on the ground,” said Al Hadabi.

In addition to generating growth, creating jobs, facilitating international trade and tourism, and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals by creating a safe, efficient, sustainable, and economical air transportation sector, the agreement furthers IATA’s efforts in Africa.

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