National Aviation Services (NAS) has renewed its contract to continue to serve Aqaba Air Cargo Terminal (AACT) at Jordan’s King Hussein International Airport (AQJ).

The contract renewal with the Aqaba Airports Company (AAC) and Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) will see NAS operated and manage AACT for additional two decades.

The air cargo terminal has been facilitating Aqaba’s logistics activities since its formation in 2004.

NAS has been offering services such as ground operations, bonded storage, cargo handling, warehousing, safety and security, as well as ground equipment at AACT since 2006.

To improve the management of cargo business, NAS launched a cargo management system for pricing, billing to supply chain management and cargo operations.

Furthermore, the company also streamlined the cargo services through automation to provide transparency and tracking services to clients.

NAS Group CEO Hassan El-Houry said: “We are excited to renew our contract and serve the Aqaba Air Cargo Terminal for another 20 years. In the last term, we fulfilled our commitment to the country by maintaining the highest levels of service with a strong focus on safety and security while investing in the development and operations of air cargo services.

“This helped unlock Aqaba’s air cargo potential and put Jordan on the global map for trade in line with the Royal vision to transform Aqaba into a world-class business hub and leisure destination. We also offered a platform for export growth that was sustained by His Majesty King Abdullah II’s leadership as a driver for international trade and job creation.

“With the renewed agreement we aim to further enhance the air cargo offering in the country and introduce new initiatives in the near future.”

Last year, NAS successfully finished the Regulated Agent third country validation process (RA3) for Aqaba’s air cargo operations.

This validation and certification process, which is recognised globally, confirms the European Union (EU) regulatory compliance for air cargo transportation to EU nations.