AIG appoints AHS - Menzies Aviation as new Ground Handling Agent at QAIA

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

AIG sealed a 7-year contract last Thursday, June 12th with AHS - Menzies Aviation to operate as the second Ground Handling Agent providing passenger, ramp, and cargo handling services to airlines at QAIA. The signing marks the conclusion of an intensive international tendering process, which attracted b regional and international interest.

"We are very pleased to welcome AHS - Menzies Aviation to the Jordan market, as their introduction will have a positive impact on the level of services and cost competitiveness, supporting our core objective of expanding and transforming QAIA into a world class airport," said Curtis Grad, CEO of AIG.

Grad added, "Going forward, AHS - Menzies will be a crucial component in enhancing the customer experience and improving the competitive environment at QAIA."

For his part, Mr. Yves Crespel, Vice President Business Development at Menzies Aviation commented, "This agreement embodies an integral step in our efforts and aspirations to provide a comprehensive ground handling service to our international customers operating in the Middle East, especially Jordan which we see as providing a vital link across the countries of this fast growing region. We look forward to working closely with AIG to ensure the delivery of an attractive high quality, cost competitive ground handling service to airlines operating to QAIA."

Menzies Aviation is one of the world`s major independent suppliers of ground handling services providing passenger, ramp and cargo services for many of the world`s leading airlines at many of its major international airports. The division employs some 14,500 people across the world, operating at 122 airports in 28 countries and servicing more than 500 aviation customers. AHS - Aviation Handling Services - is the developing arm of Menzies in the Africa & Middle East Region and the market leader on the African continent.

The US$700 million worth rehabilitation and expansion works at QAIA are underway as the new passenger terminal is expected to extend over 85,000 square meters. AIG, under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement, is responsible for the operation of the airport, the rehabilitation of existing facilities and the construction of the new terminal.

AIG is a Jordanian company with shareholding by Abu Dhabi Investment Company (UAE), Noor Financial Investment Company (Kuwait), Edgo Group (Jordan), Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited (Cyprus), J&P-Avax (Greece) and Aéroports de Paris Management (France).