Stakeholders in the Nigerian aviation industry have called on the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA to encourage Nigerian Airlines to restructure their business models towards a better passenger boarding experience and comfort to enhance business competitiveness beyond 2025
The stakeholders also advised the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika to update the nation’s aviation policies and implementation strategies to align with current global aviation realities.
These and many more were contained in a communique issued at the last quarter of the Aviation Round Table Safety Initiative, ASRTI held at the Golf View Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
The aviation stakeholders advocated the decentralization, digitalisation and devolution of the industry’s operations in preparedness for the anticipated aviation standards of 2025 and beyond.
The Forum projected the nation’s aviation sector expectations into 2025 with appropriate implementation strategies in order to avoid a total surrender of the nation’s tangible and intangible assets to foreigners.
It called on the ASRTI to continually champion research on pioneer professionals in each segment of the sector, and document them for historical purposes .
The forum also called on Nigerian airlines to form alliances to develop and entrench commercial comparative advantage principles to enhance their survival beyond 2025.
The stakeholders enjoined the government to continually ensure the provision of an enabling environment for the growth of aviation businesses to reduce incidences of the loss of Nigerian aviation professionals to other climes.
The ASRTI in the communique called on the minister of Aviation to direct a centralisation and harmonisation of aviation related infrastructure and data system as the industry approaches the future.
The meeting recognised the need to reinforce the foundation of the Nigeria’s aviation sector to succeed beyond 2025.
It noted that the demise of numerous private airlines and the failure of government to effectively manage airlines in the past formed the basis for the meeting to advocate a less government intervention and involvement in the business and a relinquishment of control of the future to a business oriented visionary private sector.
Against this background. the stakeholders urged the NCAA to review upwards the conditions of establishing airlines that will compete effectively by 2025.
Other decisions contained in the communique include: The upgrade and positioning of the nation’s airports to attract businesses that will take the airports beyond being mere ports to centres of tourism and commerce, and widen airports revenue sources beyond airport fees, charges and taxes.
To achieve this, the meeting advocated the concession of the airports.
Also, the quarterly meeting stressed the need to give more attention to the downstream sector of the nation’s aviation industry for the sake of the future, while also advocating the review of the compensation package for civil servants.
Including the need for more collaborative approach amongst government aviation agencies in projects implementations and operations in order to reduce incidences of duplications and wastages as the industry look towards 2025.