From Amara Justice, Lagos
Come April history would be made in the Nigeria Aviation sector as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will for the first time be hosting African countries in a week-long Airport Council International (ACI) –Africa Conference holding in Lagos from April 14 to 20, 2018.
This is just as it announced that it has commenced safety programmes at four major international airports in the country.
ACI-Africa is an association of Africa’s airports, part of ACI, the global trade representative of airport authorities throughout the world. With over 50 members operating 250 airports in 47 countries throughout the continent, it is the voice of African airports – leading, representing and serving the African airport community.
Managing Director of FAAN, Engineer Saleh Dunoma, who has been the President of ACI-Africa for about two years in a pre-event press briefing in Lagos yesterday, said African airports must transform to embrace change.
He stressed that African airports must position for increased passenger volume, particularly business travellers and tourists, stating that last year, the continent saw a nine per cent (9%) increase in tourism, which is the highest increase in any region.
Dunoma announced that this year’s conference which is the 59th in series themed “Business Transformation for Sustainable Airport” will draw experts from across the world, including the Council President of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr. Bernard Aliu.
According to him, sessions to be held at this conference include, Innovation in airport business, Business innovation in airport retail, The future of airport tax free shops, Technology to support business transformation, Transformation in practice, amongst others.
He noted that the hosting of this event will be of immense benefit primarily to the Authority and ultimately to the sector and Nigeria as a nation.
Highlighting the direct benefits accruable from the conference, he stated that over 300 delegates including investors would be converging in Lagos for this event.
“The guests will pass through airports in Nigeria, pay visa fees to the Nigerian Immigration services, stay in various hotels and visit different historical sites before they depart,” he noted.
Dunoma said “serving in the capacity as the ACI-Africa President will ensure that Nigeria is in the limelight and will also give Nigeria an advantage in decision making as it relates to aviation matters in Africa and the world.