By Chinelo Obogo
No less than 250 travel and aviation stakeholders from Nigeria and the Diaspora would attend the 26th Annual Conference of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) scheduled for Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Lagos.
Speakers drawn from airlines, government agencies, travel agents, air passengers and others will discuss in depth the economic and security implications surrounding sunset airports in Nigeria.
The theme for the 2022 LAAC Annual Conference is: “Extinguished Airports: Implications for Economics and Security”.
The Chairman of the Conference Committee, LAAC, Mr. Chinedu Eze, said in a statement that the theme was informed by the multiple challenges that the operation of sunset airports in Nigeria has faced over the years.
According to him, while airlines continue to claim a loss of billions of naira every year due to the restriction, some stakeholders believe that most Nigerian airports do not need to operate virtual and instrument flights.
Eze explained that the avenue would be the right place for the main players to objectively discuss the burning issue, while offering solutions for the benefit of all.
He said: “Our past conferences have helped 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, planes should stay in the air, but a situation where most airports can only offer daytime operations and planes remain grounded for most of the day, may not bode well. , but, again, where are the passengers? Even in the United States, not all of their airports operate 24 hours a day.”
Also speaking, Mr. Albinus Chiedu, Secretary of the LAAC Conference Committee, expressed his optimism that, as in the past, the conference would usher in new developments for the industry.
Chiedu further explained that, like last year, the conference would be held both physically and virtually, stressing that this would allow for the participation of stakeholders from around the world.
According to him, key panelists, speakers and other participants have already confirmed their participation in this year’s event and assured that the communiqué reached at the conference will be forwarded to relevant authorities for action.
The 25th edition of the LAAC 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 aviation agencies and their Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) like Civil Aviation Authority of Nigeria (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Space Management Agency of Nigeria (NAMA), the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) fully participated in the conference.
Additionally, all of the major scheduled and charter airlines, the Lagos State Government, the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Aviation and many others actively participated in the event. , which attracted more than 500 participants virtually and physically.
Captain Ibrahim Mshelia, CEO of West Link Airline, was the chairman of the event, while Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, was the guest speaker.
LAAC is Nigeria’s sole aviation media apex body responsible for ensuring effective coverage and practice of the aviation industry.
The LAAC’s annual conference has, over the years, had an unquantifiable impact on the nation’s aviation industry by raising policy, management and operational issues for public debate.
This has brought huge and significant changes to the aviation sector in Nigeria.
Aviation and allied trade organizations have also taken advantage of the sponsorship opportunities presented by the event to sell their products and services.