Leading aviation professional body in the country, Aviation Round Table (ART), has commended the Presidency for the recently issued Executive Orders designed to facilitate the ease of doing business in the Aviation sector of the economy
As part of the implementation of the Executive Order, ART also expressed satisfaction with the dismantling of the “dash table” at the nation’s international airports which, it said, has improved passenger facilitation.
The professional body therefore, recommended that operators and the various agencies involved in the aviation industry, including FAAN, NAMA and trade unions to desist from embarrassing the country with acts of barricading check-in-counters of airlines in order to collect outstanding payments.
The agencies, ART said should develop efficient and effective ways of collecting dues, rates and remittances from operators in the industry rather than strong arm tactics that could lead to break down of law and order in the airport environment.
ART members who are worried with the internal communication system among all agencies involved in the management of the Air Navigational Services advised that the system should be immediately overhauled for a modern technology driven with accurate and effective communication system to promote aviation safety.
ART said “the communication gap often exhibited between airline operators and Air Traffic Controllers has variously resulted in instances of Air & Ground Returns, abortion/cancelation of flights with attendant jeopardy to flight safety and financial losses to airline operators who are the raison d’être.”
“The agencies should diligently discharge their duties to operators in the industry by ensuring that Air Navigational Services and Ground handling services both at the point of departure and destination are more efficient in order to prevent incidences of flight clearance/approval at departure and denial of landing rights at destination.
A strict enforcement of AIP and AIP bolstered by the imposition of appropriate sanctions for defaulting agency or persons could address this unwholesome operational safety lapse,” the body added.
It equally advised that agencies which render services at a fee to be insured and also compensate for financial losses resulting from negligence and failure to discharge responsibilities to operators, clients or passengers, stressing that this is the hallmark of corporate governance and ease of doing business.
“ART assures the general public of its preparedness to support all measures by government and its agencies in the promotion of flight Safety and passenger convenience towards the revival of the Nigerian economy and the ease of doing business,” the body said.