Trip support group UAS is boosting its ability to help operators across Africa with the opening of a new headquarters for the continent located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new facility will be managed by Wynand Meyers, the Dubai-based group’s newly appointed director of business development for Africa. He joined UAS from Boeing’s flight-planning subsidiary, Jeppesen, where he oversaw its ground handling network for Africa, the Middle East and India.
The new African headquarters is part of a major investment that UAS is making in Africa, where business aviation traffic is growing quickly. To that end, the company plans to open other new offices and facilities across the continent.
UAS is also training local employees to be equipped to meet the needs of aircraft operators. This preparation will include the International Air Transport Association’s ground handling management course, and the company has created a scholarship program to fund training in countries such as Ethiopia.
To mark the opening of the Johannesburg headquarters, UAS is hosting a gala dinner on March 13 in association with IATA and the African Business Aviation Association.