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FIVE Airlines have been designated for the airlift of 100,000 pilgrims the King Abdul Azzez International Airport Jeddah,Saudi Arabia for this year's holy pilgrimage.

According to Mr Sam Adurogboye, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Head of Public Relations in a statement today listed the designated airlines as : Max Airline, MedView Airline, Kabo Air, Meridian Airline and Trade Craft Nigeria Limited.

While Max Airline is to airlift about 40,000; Kabo will lift about 23,000; Med view -14, 000; Meridian  3,500 and over 10,000 will go under the aegis of International Passengers who are to be airlifted by Trade Craft Nigeria Ltd.

THE Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB), Nigeria, Engineer Sam Oduselu has stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to contain the serious threat posed to Aviation by mindless activities of Terrorists in recent time.

He made the call while speaking at a safety and security conference organized by Travel Business magazine held at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, and Lagos.

According to Engineer Oduselu, the activities of terrorists was not good for business and added that,:”Terrorism instils fear into the minds of travelling passengers, which scares them away from flying. For air transportation, it is like draining blood from a man when passengers are not flying. Terrorism aims at the jugular of air travel business and cannot be condoned”

He pointed out that the spread of this fear of insecurity to air travel was understandable arising from the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in the United States of America when terrorists turned aircraft into tools of mass destruction, the world has become alert to the threat of unlawful interference in air transportation.

In Nigeria, he noted that the challenges to security in the nation have become more palpable than ever before with bombs exploding everywhere and terrorists groups threatening of more strikes.

With this trend, Engineer Oduselu said tension was building up by the day as a result of the dastardly acts of these terrorists and Aviation by extension could not be isolated from this attendant fear of insecurity.  

He told the gathering at the conference that the threat of unlawful interference drains the resources that could have been used to improve safety including financial and time resources.

Oduselu added that,: “It imposes pressure on operators and personnel. It induces multiple levels of security checks at the airports with the attendant stress on the travelling public. With that, air rage is bound to be on the increase.  Terrorism impacts on aviation economics and safety with its undesirable consequences.  The negative effects of terrorism on aviation are several and severe. This is not acceptable”.

BUSINESS opportunities to develop Tanzania, Nigeria, Zambia and Ghanaian airport infrastructure will be discussed at the Emerging Markets Airport Suppliers Conference (EMASC 2011) scheduled to be held on 11th &12th December 2011 at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai (UAE).

The conference focuses on major airport projects under construction and expansion  in the Emerging Markets of the Middle East, Africa, Asia & Eastern Europe and will provide updates on new solutions and technologies available in the market for efficiency, safety, speed and comfort in airports.

It is estimated that Emerging Markets have allocated more than US$150 billion for airport development projects over the next few years.

Eng. George Isai Sambali,  Manager, Planning Design and Evaluation with Tanzania Airports Authority which oversees the airport development in Tanzania will do the presentation about the ongoing expansion programs in Mwalimu Nyerere International Airport, Bukoba Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport expansion projects in Tanzania worth more than US$1.2bn.

Following the Tanzanian Airports Authority presentation, Mr. Richard Aisuebeogun, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, will be speaking on Nigerian government's plan to spend more than US$ 2.5bn on Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

Besides, he will also be talking about business opportunities of more than US$900m for suppliers at the ongoing airport projects in Nigeria namely Osun State Airport, Asaba Airport, Jalingo Airport and Zamfara Cargo Airport. Apart from these airports, more than 5 new projects are at the proposal stage and will be announced soon.

Prince Chintimbwe, Director , Airport Services, National Airport Corporation, Lusaka International Airport, Zambia will present the airport expansion and new projects worth US$300m include the main capital- Lusaka International Airport (LUN); and three other International airports Livingstone(LVI)- gateway to the Victoria Falls area; Ndola (NLA) in Zambia's copper mining heartland and Mfuwe(MFU) that provides access to the world-renowned Luangwa National Park.

“The presentations by the African Airport Authorities authorities will provide an overview of business opportunities available at the airports in these countries, assesses challenges and obstacles with a view to mitigating them, leading to business opportunities for all,” said Raj Menon, General Manager of Arabian Reach, the organizers of the conference. “We were happy to have them as our featured speakers and are even happier to note that EMASC 2011 is on the road to becoming one of the largest airport suppliers event ever held in the Middle East.”

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