National Aviation Services Uganda

National Aviation Services Uganda (NASU), also NAS Uganda, (formerly Entebbe Handling Services (ENHAS), is an airport ground handling service company based in Uganda. It is the largest ground handling company at Entebbe International Airport (IATA: EBB, ICAO: HUEN), Uganda's largest civilian and military airport, where it services at least 19 airlines, as of November 2017.[1]

National Aviation Services Uganda
Founded1996; 26 years ago (1996)[1]
HeadquartersEntebbe International Airport
Number of locations
Key people
Kenneth Bainomugisha
Station Manager[2]
Nouamane Zahouani
General Manager[3]
ServicesGround Handling,
Cargo Services
Executive Aviation
Travel Services
Aircraft Maintenance
Courier Services
Airport Security
Number of employees
810 (2018)[3]


NAS Uganda maintains its headquarters at Entebbe International Airport, Entebbe, Uganda. This location is approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.[4] The coordinates of the headquarters of NAS Uganda are 0°02'24.0"N, 32°27'10.0"E (Latitude:0.040000; Longitude:32.452778).[5]


NAS Uganda is the largest ground services provider at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda's largest and busiest civilian and military airport, where it competes with DAS Handling Limited.[6] At Entebbe, the company services a number of passenger and cargo airlines, including the US Government.[7]

In 2006, ENHAS was awarded a contract to service United Nations flights at 10 airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and at 10 airports in South Sudan.[8]

In April 2021, National Aviation Services International (NAS) in collaboration with Congo Handling Services (CHS), launched a new ground handling operation, called NAS Democratic Republic of the Congo (NAS DRC), with handling contracts at Kinshasa International Airport, Lubumbashi International Airport and Goma International Airport. At the beginning NAS DRC services (a) Ethiopian Airlines (b) Kenya Airways (c) DHL Aviation (d) Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation and (e) Uganda Airlines. The new company was awarded a ground handling license by the DR Congolese authorities in November 2020.[9]


ENHAS was formed in 1996. The current Uganda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Samuel Kutesa was an investor in the company. In June 2014, he was elected president of the United Nations General Assembly. In a press conference in New York City, he informed the press that he had suspended his interests in all the businesses that he owned, including his shareholding in ENHAS.[10][11][12] In December 2018, the Daily Monitor newspaper reported that Kutesa had divested from ENHAS by selling his stake in the company to a group of investors from the United Arab Emirates.[13]


In 2017, ENHAS was acquired by Kuwaiti-based National Aviation Services (NAS).[1] NAS is a large airport services provider, with operations in more than 30 airports across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. NAS also manages 31 airport lounges in 17 countries.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Uganda Business News (27 November 2017). "Sam Kutesa 'looking to sell his stake in Enhas'". Kampala: Uganda Business News. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ ATC News (8 December 2018). "NAS Entebbe, formerly ENHAS, welcomes Kenneth Bainomugisha as new station manager". ATC News. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c National Aviation Services (8 May 2018). "NAS Uganda Recognized by Brussels Airlines and KLM". Farwaniya, Kuwait: National Aviation Services. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ (26 March 2019). "Distance between Central Kampala, Uganda and Entebbe International Airport, Uganda". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  5. ^ Google (26 March 2019). "Location of the Headquarters of National Aviation Services Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  6. ^ Khisa, Isaac (9 August 2014). "Airlines To Pay More for Cargo Handling At Entebbe". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  7. ^ Wasike, Alfred (13 July 2003). "ENHAS, local firms take on Air Force One". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 13 July 2003.
  8. ^ Olanyo, Joseph (23 October 2006). "Uganda: ENHAS Gets UN Airports Deals". Daily Monitor via
  9. ^ Logistics Update Africa (7 April 2021). "NAS launches ground handling operation in DRC". New Bombay, India: Logistics Update Africa. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  10. ^ Vision Reporter (16 June 2014). "Kutesa Holds Talks With US Secretary of State Kerry". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  11. ^ Bwambale, Taddeo (13 June 2014). "Kutesa Suspends All His Business Interests". New Vision (Kampala).
  12. ^ Tabu Butagira, and Frederic Musisi (13 June 2014). "Kutesa's UN Job Puts Uganda In Sharp Focus". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  13. ^ Mufumba, Isaac (11 December 2017). "Does sale of Enhas shares affect new Uganda Airlines?". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 15 February 2018.

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Coordinates: 00°02′24″N 32°27′10″E / 0.04000°N 32.45278°E / 0.04000; 32.45278