Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the government agency charged with the management of the nation’s airspace, is partnering with other stakeholders to tackle the menace of incessant flight delays at airports across the country by deploying the latest technology.
To address this aberration, NAMA recently put together a one-day training programme for airlines where it revealed its strategy for reducing flight delays.
The programme, themed ‘e-Flight Planning Workshop for Airlines’, was put together by the agency’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) department. It is designed as a medium through which the agency educated airline operators in Nigeria on why they need to imbibe e-flight planning, a technology it said can help in reducing flight delays.
According to some reports, e-planning can help Nigerian airlines enjoy an improvement in the services they render to their customers.
According to the assistant chief aeronautical information service (AIS) officer of (NAMA), S.B. Shittu, the workshop was informed by the current drive by the management of NAMA to guard against errors in the filing of flight plans by airlines operating in Nigeria.
Shittu is also the facilitator of the training in conjunction with NAMA ICT and NOMAD Technologies.
NAMA’s chief information officer Ogochukwu Ifeanyi hinted that plans are in top gear for another workshop holding in November where the current usage of e-planning would be evaluated. It will also provide opportunity for other airlines to participate.
Nnamdi Udoh, the MD of NAMA, stated that the training was timely considering the current automation project going on at the nation’s Aeronautical Information Service (AIS). He said airlines were the central focus of the transformation from AIS to Aeronautical Information Management (AIM).
Participants at the training were representatives of airlines such as Bristow Helicopter, Aero Contractor, Pan African Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air France-KLM, Overland Airways, Lewis Cooper International Aviation and Turkish Airlines.