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Siginon retains Singapore Airlines ground handling job

by June 21, 2016 General

Singapore Airlines Cargo has renewed its ground handling agreement with Siginon Aviation at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for three years.

The agreement between Singapore Airlines Cargo (Siacargo) and Siginon follows audit of firm’s processes, facilities and systems in the newly opened air cargo terminal at JKIA.

Siginon Aviation has handled Siacargo at JKIA for over a decade and the renewal of their contract is a boost to the firm’s revenue.

“The renewal of the ground handling agreement by Singapore Airlines reaffirms our commitment to ensure customer satisfaction and business growth,” said Jared Oswago, the divisional manager of Siginon Aviation, adding they have earned global certifications. Ground handling services is a lucrative business at the airport that has seen many firms compete to win the tender.

Last year, Africa Flight Services (AFS) was appointed to offer ground handling services on behalf of Lufthansa, emerging as the beneficiaries of the airline’s re-entry to the Kenyan market.

AFS have been handling the Lufthansa Cargo freighters. The firm, which is associated with the business mogul Peter Muthoka also won the contract to handle China Southern Airlines last year.

Cargo handling

Siginon recently appointed four senior managers to steer its ambitious expansion plan ahead of the completion of high-speed railway.

Its Group managing director Meshack Kipturgo said the four managers bring on board a combined wealth of experience in transport, clearing, cargo handling and storage industries.

Siginon has recently acquired more than 100 trucks in anticipation of increased business opportunities ahead of the commissioning of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in a year’s time.

SGR business

Mr Job Kemboi, the general manager Siginon Global Logistics, said once the new line is completed, there will be a need for more freight trucks to transport cargo from different railway stations to their final destinations, hence the move to expand its fleet.

Mr Kemboi said contrary to the notion that the presence of SGR will spell doom to road transporters, the commissioning of the modern railway will create a booming business for logistics firms in Kenya.