Nigeria ranks 8th in intra Africa aviation market as AFRAA meets Boyo, Onyema Tongo for cooperation

  • IATA puts Nigeria’s intra-Africa passengers at 1.1 million

 

 

Nigeria’s The African Airline Association (AFRAA) has met with some airline owners in Nigeria with a view to helping the carriers.

The meeting focused primarily on priorities for the recovery of the airline industry, the sustainability of airlines, challenges being faced by Nigerian operators, and the establishment of a coordination mechanism between AFRAA and Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) to enhance advocacy efforts.

The AFRAA Secretary-General, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, in a bid to foster closer engagement with member airlines in Nigeria, met the CEO of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, the CEO of Allied Air – Capt. Valentine Tongo and the CEO of Overland Airways – Capt. Edward Boyo for “AFRAA Member Airline CEOs Leadership Dialogues” at the respective airlines’ head offices.

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The CEO Dialogues initiative was launched in 2022 as part of AFRAA’s strategy to engage with member leadership to create dialogue that is necessary to enhance the value addition of the Association to better meet its members’ needs.

The AFRAA scribe further had a meeting with the Vice President of Airline Operator of Nigeria (AON) -Onyema to discuss their associations’ mutual areas of interest and support to airlines in Nigeria.

At the conclusion of the CEO’s dialogue sessions, Berthé, stated: “It’s a great pleasure for AFRAA to meet today with our three Nigerian members that joined the Association between 2018 and 2019. Nigeria is a key market for the African air transport which is ranked at 8th position out of 54 in terms of the number of intra African passengers that are estimated at 1.1 million according to IATA statistics”.

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The market has a huge potential for growth and economic contribution. Today’s deliberations have been fruitful and critical to align our actions for our member airlines in Nigeria and give the support within our mandate to drive the development of the air transport sector”.

He stated that with this initiative, AFRAA aims to facilitate a better understanding of individual airline needs, local matters and challenges, priorities, and business plans thereby enabling them to tailor specific actions that enhance the relevance of the association to our membership.”

He further stated that the CEO’s Dialogues were continuous, round-the-year sessions that engage the Member airlines’ decision makers with AFRAA leadership towards effective implementation of added-value projects and actions supporting members’ sustainability.

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AFRAA’s action,s he reiterated are anchored on five pillars including safe, secure, and reliable air transport, visibility, reputation and influence of African Airlines, sustainable air transport, cooperation, and data intelligence

Wole Shadare