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NAS and ONDA Open New Pearl Lounges at Airports in Morocco

Casablanca : Thursday, February 21, 2019

National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets recently opened three new Pearl Lounges at airports in Casablanca, Dakhla and Laayoun. This is part of a 10 year concession awarded to NAS by the Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) for the refurbishment and operations of 16 lounges across 9 airports in Morocco.

The Pearl Lounge in Dakhla, located in departures has been completely refurbished, offering a relaxing space for both business and leisure travelers. Operational since February 1, the lounge includes comfortable seating, a variety of snack options, WiFi access and entertainment facilities.

The Pearl Lounge in Laayoune, also located in departures was refurbished to international standards allowing passengers to have a comfortable area to relax before their flight.

The opening of these two lounges follows the Pearl Lounge at Terminal 1 of the Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport, a two-storey lounge with a capacity to seat 140 guests. In addition to the basic amenities, this lounge offers a diverse catering menu, showers, ironing and shoe-cleaning facilities, a smoking area and different entertainment options for all guests that visit the lounge.

NAS is now managing 16 fully operational lounges at 9 airports in Morocco with the refurbishment of the last lounge included in this concession currently underway. With more than 120local employees on their payroll, NAS continues to invest into talent development through training and skills progression.

NAS is also devoting resources to technology advancements in operations such as the eGates recently installed at the Pearl Lounge in Marrakech. The state-of-the-art eGates are a self-service check in mechanism that allows guests visiting the Pearl Lounge to access the lounge faster without visiting the reception desk or waiting in a queue. The passengers simply scan their printed or online boarding pass at the gate and enter the lounge.

NAS is currently present in 17 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa; operating 35 airport lounges, and providing ground handling services to seven out of the world’s top ten airlines.