BASL Chairman, Babalakin, Onyema Lead Other Panelists To Dissect Issues On Sunset Airports


The Chairman of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), Dr. Wale Babalakin and the Chairman Air Peace, Barrister, Allen Onyema and other aviation heads will constitute a panel of discussants at the forthcoming 26th annual conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC).

The conference, which is scheduled to hold on July 28, 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, has received the approvals of Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation and other critical stakeholders, which cut across the airline and ground handling sub-sectors.

A statement issued by the Secretary, Planning Committee of the conference, Mr. Albinus Chiedu, listed the names of other Chief Executive Officers that have signified interest in being part of the conference’s panelists  to include: The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Agency (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Ag. Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Engr. Lawrence Pwajok and, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu.

Others are: The Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau – Nigeria (AIB-N), Engr. Akin Olateru and CEO of Topbrass Aviation Limited, Capt. Roland Iyayi, among others.

Chiedu stated that the panel is divided into two sessions and that the General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, would moderate the first panel, while Director, Research, Zenith Travels, Mr. Olumide Ohunayo, would moderate the second panel.

This year’s conference, which has the Aviation Minister, Senator Had Sirika as the Special Guest of Honour is to be chaired by the President, Association of Aviation Training Organisations (AATOs), Mr. Bernard Bankole,

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.

Theme of the 26th edition of LAAC 2022 conference is, ‘Sunset Airports: Economic & Safety Implications.’

Discussions will centre on 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 unquantifiable impact on Nigeria’s aviation industry by throwing up policy, management and operational issues for public discussion.

This has resulted in tremendously 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.

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 communiqué, covering all aspects of the conference, would be released at the end of the event.

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