As the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondent, LAAC, 26th Annual Conference draws near, the Secretary, Planning Committee, Chiedu Albinus says, 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 aviation heads have been picked to constitute the panel of discussants.
The conference, which is scheduled to hold on July 28,2022 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, has received the approvals of the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika and other critical stakeholders, which cut across the airline and ground handling sub-sectors.
Other heads of aviation agencies to participate in the conference as panelists are 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).
Chiedu stated that the panels divided into two sessions will also have, Engr. Akin Olateru, the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau – Nigeria (AIB-N) and Capt. Roland Iyayi, CEO, Topbrass Aviation Limited, among others.
Moderators penciled for the two sessions are; Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs and Mr. Olumide Ohunayo, Director, Research, Zenith Travels.
The conference with the Theme:‘Sunset Airports: Economic & Safety Implications’, has the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika as the Special Guest of Honour and to be chaired by Mr. Bernard Bankole, the President, Association of Aviation Training Organizations (AATOs).
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.
According to the Secretary, Planning Committee, 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, made an unidentifiable impact on Nigeria’s aviation industry by throwing up policy, management and operational issues for public discuss.
“This has resulted in tremendously significant evidential changes in Nigeria’s aviation sector”.
He added, “Aviation and allied business organizations 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 communique, covering all aspects of the conference would be well-represented”.