The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has won the bid to host the 29th Africa and Middle East Regional Meeting of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association (IFATCA)in November 5—9,2018 at Transcorp Hotel in Abuja.
The International gathering will be coming 15 days after the celebration of the International Day of the Air Traffic Controllers celebrated on October 20 every year.
Abelnews recalled that IFATCA was founded in October 20, 1961,to celebrates the men and women, who 24/7 help make air travel the safest possible mode of transport.
IFATCA, an umbrella body for Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) all over the world has been representing ATCs for more than 50 years and has more than 50,000members in over 125 countries.
The National President of NATCA, Mr Victor Iyaru disclosed this when the Exco of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents(LAAC),led Segun Koiki paid a courtesy visit to the organisation’s national secretariat at the weekend in Lagos.
He stated that meeting would bring in about 150 delegates to Nigeria, which according to him would further boost the economy of the country, as the delegates throughout the duration of the event.
On whether NATCA was given the hosting right on a platter of gold, Iyaru explained that NATCA bided to host the event with Algeria but it defeated Algeria to secure the right.
The NATCA boss said that the essence of the August meeting is to fraternise and think about the best way to improve air traffic control and improve safety.
He added that NATCA will partner with aviation agencies such as the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN), Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB), Air Peace ,airlines and other organisations .
Eyaru stated that the event in November makes it the second time that Nigeria would be hosting the conference, adding that the country hosted the conference for the first time in 2001.
He assured LAAC that he would not only carry the association along but that he would operate an open door policy, soliciting for cooperation between the two associations.
On his part, the LAAC Chairman, Olusegun Koiki commended NATCA for granting LAAC request for a courtesy call, adding that the two associations have been working together for several years, adding that this current visit was to further cement the already existing relationship.
He urged the NATCA President to ensure that the association operates an open door policy as promised.