ART Business Breakfast Meeting Q1 2019 Communique

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF AVIATION SAFETY ROUND TABLE INITIATIVE (ASRTI) 1ST 2019 QUARTERLY BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING HELD AT GOLFVIEW HOTEL, IKEJA, LAGOS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019

THEME

NIGERIAN TRAVEL AGENCIES CHALLENGES & REGULATIONS

At the end of the four-hour discussion, the following resolutions were reached:

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as the regulatory agency for air travel business in Nigeria, should go beyond licensing of travel agents and take steps to address the challenges that have in recent years, caused a decline in air bookings and performance of travel agencies in the country.

Government  through the NCAA has to create an enabling environment for the growth of travel agents in Nigeria

The local content law in Nigeria needs to be applied fully in regulatory operations of travel agents so as to preserve the sector for benefits of Nigerian citizens.

Stakeholders in air travel business (airlines, NCAA, FAAN and NANTA) need to frequently share data information to avoid conflicting figures in industry data which impede planning.

All travel agents in Nigeria should make deliberate efforts to register with the NCAA to attract favourable regulatory benefits and protection from external exploitation.

The NCAA as sole regulator of air travel business in Nigeria, has a duty to approach IATA with the country’s expectations in terms of standards that should be applied in the Nigerian environment, regarding travel agency business so as to protect its own. 

IATA activities should be looked into, this must be in line and respect local laws to protect the travel agencies in Nigeria without interference into commercial activities.

The National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents (NANTA) should develop and implement rules that can regulate the conduct and ethics of its members in their transaction with customers and airlines

There is need for stakeholders to give attention and emphasis to training and professionalism in travel agency business

There is need to sign the Fly-Nigeria-Act legislation to help protect the Nigeria travel market for both local airlines and travel agents.

 

FOR: AVIATION SAFETY ROUND TABLE INITIATIVE (ASRTI/ART)
OLUMIDE OHUNAYO.

ART Condole with Ehiopian Airline

The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft B737 Max NG on Sunday 10 March was the second within 5 months coming on the heels of the crash in Indonesia of the same aircraft type flown by the Lions Air in November 2018. 

These series of fatal accidents call to question the safety in the design of the Max 8 series by the manufacturer and its certification to fly by the US FAA - the safety regulation authority in the country of manufacturing. 

 Curiously, there had been no reported case of such fatal accidents of the aircraft in the US since the aircraft came into operations. 

While we condole with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate accidents, we call on Boeing, the US FAA and ICAO to jointly consider these recurring fatal accidents on the B737 Max that have collectively claimed about 350 lives of air travelers within 5 months as a calamity to the global travelling community. 

These aviation regulatory bodies should therefore demand that the aircraft be temporarily grounded from commercial operations. We noted that some countries including China, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Mexico etchave grounded the B737 Max NG fleet pending the determination of the cause of the incessant crashes. 

ART is very hopeful that these global Aviation bodies would respond promptly to the demand that the Boeing 737 Max 8 New Generation be suspended from commercial operations. 

 

DR. GABRIEL O. OLOWO FNIM, FITP

PRESIDENT

ART applauds the AIB on Helicopter Crash Report

The ART applauds the AIB on the timely release of the preliminary report of the Caverton owned Agusta AW139 helicopter with Registration no’s 5N-CML which crashed in Kabba on the 2nd of February 2019 after taking off from Abuja. 

We also commend the synergies reflected on   the probable causes of the accident as reiterated by the Commissioner during the presentation of the Preliminary Report.

We urge the regulator to initiate all the needed process for the swift implementation of the safety measures recommended in that report.

While looking forward to the final report, we urge the NCAA to implement accompanying recommendations for safe operations in the industry.

Thank You

 

DR. GABRIEL O. OLOWO FNIM, FITP

PRESIDENT