By Everisto Nyamandi
The Aviation Ground Services (AGS) has invested US$4.5 million in new passenger handling equipment, aiming at enhancing efficiency and service quality across the country’s five commercial airports.
In a speech read on his behalf by chief director Loveness Dumwa, Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Felix Mhona praised AGS for its proactive approach to modernisation, emphasizing the importance of robust airport infrastructure for the country’s economic growth.
“A robust airport infrastructure is pivotal to the economic growth of our country and requires the participation of all citizens,” Mhona said.
Highlighting the necessity of proper equipment maintenance, Minister Mhona emphasized that the newly-acquired assets should be cared for to ensure longevity and optimal contributions to service delivery.
He reiterated the government’s commitment to facilitating private sector involvement in infrastructure development and urged stakeholders in the aviation sector to collaborate for national benefit.
AGS Managing Director Shingirai Ruombwa expressed confidence that the new equipment, including baggage handling systems, wheelchairs, and vehicles, would streamline services for passengers at Zimbabwe’s commercial airports.
“We are committed to exceeding the expectations of our direct and indirect customers and to living up to our brand line, ‘The Power on the Ground,’ in the performance of all our tasks,” he said.
“We are not here to compete with other ground handling companies, but to complement each other. We want to work together to make Zimbabwe a leading destination for air travel,” Ruombwa said.
This investment allows AGS to handle wide-body aircraft and service up to three arrivals and departures simultaneously.
Ruombwa said the substantial investment reflects AGS’s unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality services, contributing to the overall development of the aviation sector in the country.