Dubai-headquartered UAS International Trip Support has recruited a number of industry experts to provide flight and ground support in nine African countries: Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa.

UAS provides third to first-party aviation logistics services, managing everything from flight plans and refuelling to chartered flights and auxiliary travel planning. In Africa, where ad hoc air travel plays a significant role, the market for such service represents significant business.

According to Embraer there were 420 private jets in Africa in 2012, while there could now be as many as 600 when also factoring in jets registered offshore and leased back to owners.

“Appointing country managers across Africa was our way of responding to client demands for quality services,” said Wynand Meyer, UAS director for Africa. “We are the first international trip support company to carry out an initiative of this scale for supervisory support in Africa.”

The country managers will be responsible for ensuring that all UAS flights operate on time, and for the provisison accurate regulatory guidance, operational safety, credit coordination, air traffic monitoring and Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) reports on potential flight hazards.

UAS Africa, the company’s headquarters for the continent, is located in Johannesburg, and it also has African regional offices in Lagos and in Nairobi, but the company’s goal is to have a country manager based in every nation in Africa.