Efficient airspace management key to economic devt. – NAMA

By Gabriel Agbeja
Abuja, July 10, 2024 (NAN) Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) says efficient airspace and airport management is vital to economic development in Africa.

Mr Farouk Umar, NAMA  Managing Director made the assertion on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening of a 5-day international workshop on capacity building for Airport workers and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC).

Speaking at the event organised by NAMA, Umar said, enhanced capacity of workers would lead to smoother and more predictable operations, better scheduling, reduce delays, and improved passengers experiences.

“This efficiency is not only beneficial to passengers but also to airlines and airport operators, leading to a more robust and resilient aviation sector.

‘`It will ensure that our airspace is managed efficiently, minimise congestion and reduce the risk of accidents.

“It will also enable us to handle increased air traffic without compromising safety standards,” he said

Umar expressed optimism that the workshop would be an opportunity to learn and implement best practices that would drive economic benefits for African countries

Mr Thabani Myeza, the Regional Director, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) stressed the need for efficiency in the aviation system in Africa.

He noted that CANSO was deepening efforts to bridge the  gap of capacity deficit in the airports and ATC in the region.

`’We need to provide an enable environment for our experts where they can actually do the work,” he said.

Myeza expressed the optimism that the workshop and similar ones coming up in East Africa and Southern region would address the challenges

NAN reports that the event, facilitated by ICAO in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association was attended by participants from across Africa. (NAN)