Elder Gabriel Olowo, President Aviation Round Table (ART)
  • Gives advise on areas of interest

INDUSTRY think tank group, Aviation Round Table (ART) has today commended moves made by the Presidency to improve the sector just as they have made some observations which would aid the industry grow.

In a statement signed by Olumide Ohunayo made available to Nigerianflightdeck.com, the group was specifically elated about the dismantling of the multiple checking counters also referred to as ‘dash-table’ at the nations international airports.

The statement read,”The ART unequivocally commends the Presidency for the recently issued Executive Orders designed to facilitate the ease of doing business in the Aviation sector of the economy. ”

“In furtherance of this unique presidential initiative, our body also appreciate the dismantling of the “dash table “at our international airports which has improved passenger facilitation.”

The ART further recommended that operators and various agencies involved in aviation should also address certain administrative and safety issues which will lead to industry harmony and subsequently viability.

The group called on service providers and the unions to desist from their current approach of debt recovery and develop productive methods of collecting their fees.

The statement continued, “FAAN, NAMA and Trade Unions should desist from embarrassing the country with acts of barricading Check- in- Counters of airlines in order to collect outstanding payments. ”

“The agencies should develop efficient and effective ways of collecting dues, rates and remittances from operators in the industry rather than strong-arm tactics that could lead to break down of law and order in the airport environment.”

The ART also emphasised the need for modern technology to aid flights in the country.

Fv”internal Communication system among all agencies involved in the management of the Air Navigational Services should be immediately overhauled for a modern technology driven with accurate and effective communication system to promote aviation safety. ”

“The communication gap often exhibited between airline operators and Air Traffic Controllers has variously resulted in instances of Air & Ground Returns, abortion/cancellation of flights with attendant jeopardy to flight safety and financial losses to airline operators who are the raison d’etre.”

“The agencies should diligently discharge their duties to operators in the industry by ensuring that Air Navigational Services and Ground handling services both at the point of departure and destination are more efficient in order to prevent incidences of flight clearance /approval at departure and denial of landing rights at destination. ”

“A strict enforcement of Aeronautic Information Publication (AIP) and AIP bolstered by the imposition of appropriate sanctions for defaulting agency or persons could address this unwholesome operational safety lapse.”

The ART also called on agencies who render services at a fee to also be insured; while also compensating for financial losses resulting from negligence and failure to discharge responsibilities to operators,clients or passengers.

This, according to the group, is the hallmark of corporate governance and ease of doing business .

ART assures the general public of its preparedness to support all measures by government and its agencies in the promotion of flight Safety and passenger convenience towards the revival of the Nigerian economy and the ease of doing business.


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