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AON Boss Advocates Bailout For Airlines

Posted: Sep 5, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Capt Nogie Meggison said that domestic airlines in the country needed bailout going by the current happenings in the aviation industry.

He said this at the breakfast meeting titled, Ownership, Funding and Sustainability of Nigeria Airlines L: A perennial Challenge”, organised by Aviation Round Table (ART) in Lagos.

The AON boss stated that airline operators in the country needed bailout going by current happening in the aviation industry, as the operators were currently facing hard times.

On the navigation aids, he said that they were not working optimally compared to the ones in other countries, adding that the country’s airports needed digital navigational aids to boost air safety.

Speaking at the forum, the President of Aviation Round Table (ART), Mr. Gbenga Olowo, stated that ART was not set up to make profit but to share knowledge, adding that the only thing ART does is sharing aviation knowledge with other aviation stakeholders.

Olowo noted that people from outside see ART as a union, adding that the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) shares aviation knowledge in the interest of stakeholders.

The President said that having been in the aviation industry for 42 years he was not satisfied with what was happening in the sector.

Meanwhile, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that its Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016, after serving five years in the position.

“Tony Tyler is a very effective leader of IATA, who is achieving much in his role as Director General and CEO. I regret that he will be leaving the Association, but respect his decision to retire next year after a long and successful career in aviation. The search will now start for a successor to be appointed,” IATA stated.

The IATA boss would retire at the International body’s Annual General Meeting in Dublin in June 2016.

Chief Executive Officer of Aeroméxico and Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors, Mr. Andrés Conesa, stated that in the meantime the board would continue to guide and support Tony and his team in their mission to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable airline industry.

Speaking on his retirement, Tyler said, “After five years as Director General and CEO of IATA, I believe it will be time for me to retire and leave the organization. It is a great privilege and responsibility to lead IATA, and I am proud of what the IATA team is achieving during my term of office. I greatly appreciate the support I receive from the Board of Governors and the membership at large, and from my colleagues. I remain fully committed to leading IATA until my successor is appointed in June next year.”

Before joining IATA in 2011, Tyler was Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong, in which capacity he also served on the IATA Board of Governors including being its Chairman from June 2009 to June 2010.