The electric equipment worth Shs3.6 billion will not only provide a safer environment but will also add value to customers’ experiences and those of airline companies
Jackie Namatovu August 6, 2023
The management of Menzies Aviation, formerly known as Entebbe Handling Services Ltd. (ENHAS), has installedelectric ground handling equipment at Entebbe International Airport.
This was in compliance with the directive by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority to put in place a digital system to manage ground services.
The General Manager of Menzies Aviation, Nouamani Zahouani, said switching from diesel equipment to electric ones is a huge step in the fight against carbon emissions at Entebbe International Airport.
He said the acquisition of electric equipment worth Shs3.6 billion will not only provide a safer environment but will also add value to customers’ experiences and those of airline companies.
“This is a big relief to our environment and a big step in the expansion of Entebbe International Airport,” he said, adding, “The new equipment supports quick export flow management.”
The Director of Airports and Aviation Security at UCAA, Eng. Al-Hajj Ayub Sooma, who commissioned the use of new ground handling electric equipment, said the development is in line with government efforts to respond to some of the challenges Entebbe International Airport faces.
“At the airside, Apron One has just been rehabilitated. This is one of the initiatives to upgrade and expand Entebbe International Airport,” said Eng. Sooma.
“Airlines must align themselves to the international standards of civil aviation. It’s good news, Menzies Aviation has responded to CAA’s request to switch from diesel-driven equipment to electric ones. This is a big achievement because we are responding to net zero pollution.”
The general manager of Entebbe International Airport, Col. Emmanuel Balungi, said the new electric forklifting machines will go a long way in filling the gaps that currently exist in handling huge volumes of cargo at the new cargo facilities.
The manager of customs at Entebbe International Airport, Simon Esunget, said the new electric equipment will enhance client experience on top of driving the agenda of quality services at the airport facility.
He challenged the business community not to reduce the volume of imports but rather to concentrate more on increasing exports.
Adopted from: The Chimp Reports August 6, 2023