Home Aviation COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF 25TH ANNUAL LEAGUE OF AIRPORTS AND AVIATION CORRESPONDENTS (LAAC) CONFERENCE & AWARDS HELD 28TH JULY, 2021 AT THE SHERATON HOTELS, IKEJA LAGOS

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF 25TH ANNUAL LEAGUE OF AIRPORTS AND AVIATION CORRESPONDENTS (LAAC) CONFERENCE & AWARDS HELD 28TH JULY, 2021 AT THE SHERATON HOTELS, IKEJA LAGOS

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Management, Policy and Regulation in the Nigerian aviation industry took the centre stage on July 28, 2021 as players, experts and stakeholders gathered at the prestigious Lagos Sheraton Hotel to examine developments in the strategic sector.

 

As a veritable platform for robust air transport industry debate, this year’s theme:“Management, Policy and Regulation,” may not have come at a better time given series of efforts being ramped up by aeronautical authorities to rebound air travel in pandemic wrought era.

 

Though management, policy and regulation of airlines pre-dates the Pandemic; its clobbering effects have occasioned new developments in the travel value chain.

 

After series of addresses and paper presentations by conference participants including: Ministry of Aviation, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET),Lagos State Government (LASG), Airlines, Ground Handling and Aviation Fuel Company {Total Nig Plc} participants resolved among other issues the benefits of debate in driving effective policy, management and regulation of the sector.

 

Resolutions

 

Conference notes the need to overhaul AOC issuance and renewal procedures by the regulator to ease the process for prospective and current holders.

 

 

The Conference notes that the checklist used for issuance of AOC should be looked into even as personnel of the regulatory body needs change of attitude to drive a more proactive regulatory regime.

 

The Conference notes that FAAN should offer fair levy for services rendered to operators.

 

Conference canvasses a review of the charge regime for airlines in parking and landing fees to make it more conducive for airlines and others carrying out business at airports; landing and parking for domestic carriers should be made free.

 

The Conference also believes, that government should consider taking up the salaries of the non-technical personnel in the agencies while the technical staff should be factored into the revenue generation of airlines.

 

Conference notes that the aviation industry needs consistent palliative.

 

Conference notes that aviation being vey key to the economy needs the support of everyone to move forward.

 

Conference notes that policies must be consistent and regulations in tandem with international best practices for the industry to move forward.

 

The Conference notes that the entire sector needs a change in financial policies.

The Conference notes that policy and implementation should be taken seriously in line with the laid down standard operating procedures (SOP) for the industry to evolve.

 

The Conference notes that the entire stakeholders in the industry should work together in unity to further the industry.

 

The Conference notes that airline operators must check mate themselves with global SOP because aviation is a specialised highly regulated industry.

 

The Conference notes the need for airlines to engage in healthy competition for industry growth and development.

 

The Conference notes that Nigerian airspace and airlines remain safe as sensational reporting will do more harm to the air travel industry.

 

The Conference notes with mixed reactions that in an industry driven by competition, the push for uniformity in pricing for ground handling services would be difficult to achieve.

 

The Conference calls for stakeholder inclusion in entrenching enhanced ground handling regulation.

 

The Conference notes the need for zero tariff for ground handling companies’ equipment procurement.

 

Conference notes the need for proper regulations on conditions required to achieve non-contaminated Jet A1 fuel supply.

 

To drive quality in the aviation fuel supply chain, conference notes the need for standardisation and efforts calibrated to eliminate sub standardisation of products in line with global best practices.

 

Conference notes the need to comply with regulations before the end of deadline for quality Jet A1 fuel.

 

The Conference notes the need to enforce no compromise procedure among those handling Jet A1 from the refinery to the aircraft.

 

The Conference notes that competence and capacity of the labs handling the quality of the fuel should be checked.

 

The Conference notes that there should be government’s intervention to the procurement of aviation fuel in terms of forex.

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