By Margaret Olubi
Barrister Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace will set the tone for panel discussions at the forthcoming 23rd Annual Conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), which will see CEOs of airlines discuss burning industry issues with heads of aviation agencies and other industry stakeholders.
The President of African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) and Chief Executive Officer of African Aviation Services Limited, Mr. Nick Fadugba, has equally confirmed participation at the conference that has as theme: ‘Boosting Aviation Investment Through Policy.”
The conference will hold on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Onyema has a wealth of experience in the aviation industry, having established Air Peace in 2014 with just seven aircraft, which has grown to over 20 in less than five years. The airline is the fastest growing carrier in the entire West and Central African region, connecting major cities in Nigeria, West Africa while plans have reached an advanced stage to expand its wings to the Middle East and other long haul routes.
Fadugba, a former Secretary General, African Airlines Association (AFRAA) was Co-Chairman, African Airlines/MRO Africa Technical Committee on Line Maintenance Co-operation & Spares Pooling in Africa, Co-Chairman, African Airlines/MRO Africa Technical Committee on Aviation Standards & Regulations Harmonization in Africa, Advisor, Association of African Aviation Training Organizations (AATO) and Lead Moderator, Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) official launch discussion at African Union (AU) Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He is also a Member, Institute of Directors (IOD), United Kingdom (UK), Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT), USA, Committee Member, Aviation Club of the UK, Member, European Aviation Club, Member, German Aviation Research Society (GARS) and Launch Member, African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).
Fadugba holds BSc (Honours), Mass Communication, Post Graduate Diploma, Air Transport Management, MSc (Distinction), Air Transport Planning & Management and MSc Dissertation Award Winner. He has won several awards and recognitions in the sector, among which were AFRAA Award Winner for ‘Outstanding Services to the African Aviation Industry,’ presented with a Plaque by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for ‘Outstanding Contribution and Service to Aviation Safety,’ Aviation Round Table (ART), Nigeria, Award Winner for ‘Invaluable Support and Contribution to the Upliftment of Aviation Safety in Africa, particularly in Nigeria,’ among others.
Apart from Onyema and Fadugba, other major players and airline operators expected to participate in this conference include Capt. Dapo Oyeleke, Managing Director, Bristow Helicopters, Mr. Jacky Hathiramani, Managing Director, Dana Airlines, Capt Ado Sanusi, Managing Director, Aero, amongst others.