The League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), Nigeria’s aviation media umbrella body has concluded arrangements to bring together 250 aviation stakeholders in Nigeria and diaspora to discuss the topic Economic and Safety Issues Surrounding Sunset Airports in Nigeria at its 26th annual conference scheduled for July 28,2022 at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos.
A statement signed by the Chairman, Conference Committee, LAAC, Mr. Chinedu Eze informed that speakers at this year’s conference will be drawn from airlines, government agencies, travel agents, air travel passengers and others.
The theme of the 2022 LAAC Annual Conference is: ‘Sunset Airports: Economic & Safety Implications.’
The Chairman, Conference Committee, LAAC explained that the theme was informed by the multiple challenges that operation of sunset airports in Nigeria have faced over the years.
He said that while airlines continue to claim loss of billions of naira annually due to the restriction, some stakeholders feel there is no need for most Nigerian airports to operate virtual and instrument flights.
Eze explained that the 26th edition of LAAC conference would be an avenue for critical stakeholders to discuss the burning issue objectively, while also proffering solutions for the benefit of all.
“Our past conferences have helped to shape the industry for the better. While we agree that there are challenges in the sector, it is also the League’s belief that the challenges are not insurmountable.
“For many, aircraft should remain in the air, but a situation where most of the airports can only offer daylight operations and aircraft stay on the ground for most parts of the day, may not augur well, but, again, where are the passengers? Even in the US, not all their airports operate 24 hours,” he said.
Also speaking, the Secretary, LAAC Conference Committee, expressed optimism that like in the past, the conference would usher in new development for the industry.
Chiedu explained further that the conference would be held physically and virtually, stressing that this would enable participation of stakeholders from across the world.
According to him, key panelists, speakers and other participants have already confirmed their readiness to participate at this year’s event and assured that communiqué issued at the conference would be forwarded to the appropriate authorities for action.
Recall that the 25th edition of LAAC’s conference was themed: ‘Nigeria Aviation Industry: Management, Policy and Regulation,’ and it was held at the same Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja on July 28, 2021.
All the aviation agencies and their Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) like the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) participated fully in the conference.
Also, the entire major scheduled and charter operating airlines, Lagos State Government, Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Aviation and many others actively took part in the event, which attracted over 500 participants virtually and physically.
The CEO West Link Airline, Capt. Ibrahim Mshelia, was the Chairman of the occasion, while Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation was the Guest Speaker.
LAAC is the sole Nigeria’s aviation media umbrella body saddled with the responsibility of ensuring effective coverage and practice of the aviation industry.
The LAAC Annual Conference has over the years, made an unquantifiable impact on the country’s aviation industry by throwing up policy, management and operational issues for public discussion.
This has resulted in tremendous and 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.