Aviation is a catalyst and socio-economic enabler for the country; it links businesses, nations, markets, people, tradition, history, culture and tourism.
With over $8.2 billion contribution to the country’s gross domestic product and employment of more than 700,000 people, these figures are expected to double with the projected increase in aviation activities.
To ensure that the projected traffic is adequately given attention would require a safe, secured and friendly environment with modern and adequate infrastructure.
In line with the aviation road-map, the Federal Government set machineries in motion; these include the opening of new international airport terminals in Abuja and Port-Harcourt, airports certification and the introduction of the executive order aimed at ease of doing business to attract investors.
Nigeria’s efforts on liberalisation have led to significant increase in the operations of foreign and domestic utilisation of airports, resulting in annual traffic growth of over 8%.
These efforts no doubt earned Nigeria a commendation certificate by the International Civil Aviation Authority, ICAO, in security and reelection into the ICAO council at its recent meeting in Montreal, Canada.
While applauding the over 5 years of zero accident, aviation stakeholders want government to expedite action on the national carrier project as this could be the game changer.
Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Dino Melaye assured that the committee would work assiduously to ensure service delivery.
The Director, legal and Industry Affairs, African Airlines Association AFRAA, Mr. Aaron Munetsi commended Nigeria for supporting AFRAA in the growth of airlines, he called for regular stakeholders’ engagement to discuss challenges and proffer solutions to help aviation business thrive.