UK-based aviation servicer Menzies Aviation has agreed on a joint venture (JV) with Sociedade Gestora de Aeroportos (SGA-SA) to increase cargo operations at Luanda International Airport (LAD), in Angola’s capital.

The partnership will focus on cargo delivery services and airport lounge amenities.

Its parent firms said they expect Menzies Angola to handle over 30,000 tonnes of cargo per year, catering to customers including Taag-Angola Airlines, Air France, TAP, and Ethiopian Airlines.

The servicer will also manage the VIP lounge at LAD which accommodates around 45,000 passengers per year.

Charles Wyley, EVP of Middle East, Africa and Asia emphasised the strategic move and how it will impact the company.

Wyley said: “We are thrilled to announce our joint venture with SGA, and look forward to providing safe, secure and reliable services to our airline customers in the region. Angola’s aviation industry is growing with a bright future ahead, which is why now is the opportune time to forge a strategic partnership with SGA.

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SGA manages 18 airports including LAD, aiming to provide “high quality and safe services” with a focus on operational efficiency.

“We look forward to working with SGA to provide services at Luanda International Airport, and support its transition to the new, under construction, Angola International Airport.”

This agreement is an extension of Menzies’s commitment to the African region. In September 2023, Menzies became a partner to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Focus Africa initiative to address challenges faced by airports in the region.

Menzies currently serves over 40 airports across the region spanning 19 countries.