NACO was established in 1949 by Dr. Albert Plesman, founder and director-president of the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM).
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Plesman foresaw that specialised know-how would be required to reconstruct airports in the Netherlands and abroad. In response, he set up an organisation that would combine the knowledge of experts in airport design and construction in order to develop the required facilities and infrastructure for aviation to truly take flight.
During its early years, NACO established a firm foundation with projects across the globe, in countries like the Netherlands, Indonesia, Egypt and Germany.
NACO’s reputation as a world-class airport consultancy was further strengthened when its experts started to play a direct role in the development of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s master plan in the 1950s. Since the official opening in 1967, our experts have been involved in every single terminal extension at the airport –and we are very proud of this long lasting relationship that still remains strong today.
Coinciding with technological developments and the growth in air traffic, NACO became an important player on a global scale.
The years that followed have been marked by organizational growth and expansion of international activities.
Today, NACO is a company of Royal HaskoningDHV, one of the world’s leading independent international project management and engineering consultancy service providers which has over 5,000 professionals located in 35 countries around the world.
From the largest of international hubs to regional and domestic airports, we have helped guide the future of over 600 airports around the world.
For more than almost 70 years, our professionals at NACO have been the key to our success in realising our clients’ ambitions around the globe