CHIEF Executive Officers (CEOs) in the Nigerian aviation industry, Dr. Wale Babalakin, the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), Barr. Allen Onyema and other avi.ation heads would constitute a panel of discussants at the forthcoming 26th annual conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) themed: Sunset Airports: Economic and Safety Implications.
The conference, scheduled to hold on July 28, 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, have received the approvals of Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation and other critical stakeholders, which cut across the airline and ground handling, travel and tourism sub-sectors.
A statement by Mr. Albinus Chiedu, the Secretary, Planning Committee of the conference mentioned Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Agency (NCAA), Engr. Lawrence Pwajok, the Ag. Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), and Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as some among the panellists.
Others are Managing Director FinchGlow Travels, Mr. Bankole Bernard, Engr. Akin Olateru, the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau – Nigeria (AIB-N) and Capt. Roland Iyayi, CEO, Topbrass Aviation Limited, among others.
Chiedu stated that the panels are divided into two sessions.
Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, the General Manager, Public Affairs would moderate the first panel, while Mr. Olumide Ohunayo, Director, Research, Zenith Travels would moderate the second panel.
This year’s conference, which has Sirika as the Special Guest of Honour is to be chaired by Mr. Bernard Bankole, the President, Association of Aviation Training Organizations in Nigeria (AATON).
The conference is expected to attract over 250 aviation industry professionals, cutting across the aviation agencies, security agencies, international and domestic airlines operating in Nigeria, aviation support services, travel trade sellers and buyers and other stakeholders.
Discussions will centre around solutions to the multiple challenges faced by stakeholders in terms of safety and economics as a result of operating sunset airports in Nigeria.
The LAAC Annual Conference has over the years, has made unquantifiable impact in Nigeria’s aviation industry by throwing up policy, management and operational issues for public discourse.
This has resulted in tremendously significant evidential changes in Nigeria’s aviation sector.
Aviation and allied business organisations have equally taken advantage of sponsorship opportunities presented by the event to sell their products and services.
As usual, there shall be both physical and virtual participation in this years’ conference to enable participation of stakeholders from across the world, while an in-depth communiqué, covering all aspects of the conference would be well-represented.