Aviation stakeholders who participated in the 6th Airport Business Summit and Expo (ABSE) held recently in Lagos have offered suggestions on how to improve airport business environment, address the issues of criminal facilitation within the airport and consumer rights protection.
The event aimed at promoting development of air transport services from the airport perspective had as theme, “Airport Economies: Consolidating of Air Transport Services”.
In a report of the Airport Business Improvement Workshop (ABIW) issued by the summit Director, Fortune Idu of FCI International Consult, participants resolved that airport development around the country was essential to address the population growth and manage urban shift.
Stating that the airports could be considered as catalyst to other economic generation activities and very essential in development chain, the stakeholders averred that availability of reliable air connection would guarantee continuous movement of people and services and then reduce tendencies of permanent migration to already congested cities.
Delegates identified poor baggage handling systems, poor cooling systems, uncontrolled movements at the airports, lack of capacity to control touting and crowding at the airports, lack of infrastructure network, inadequate equipment and facilities, lack of airlines co-operation with the airport regulators and operators, passenger harassment, lack of logistics facilities at the airports, lack of investors interests in our airports and lack of funding as major airport operation challenges that hinder Nigeria airports from playing their vital roles.
Others, according to the ABIW report are: inability of stakeholders to formulate right strategy to move the aviation sector forward. low passenger traffic, lack of co-ordination among sister agencies at the airports, lack of adequate aircraft maintenance hangers, lack of well trained work force, poor time management and poor airport management services.
In their recommendation, the delegates proposed more publicity, more stakeholders’ involvement, training and man power development and strong political will to back up these policies. They posited that plans for transit passengers should be in place, adding that easy connectivity of all the travel routes, FAAN autonomy, adequate funding amongst others could make a difference.