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FAAN To Revitalise Air Cargo Sector

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tor of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Alhaji Saleh Dunoma, has said that the authority would support any effort aimed at maximising the potentials in the country’s air cargo sector.
He noted that the volume of high-value time-sensitive products traversing national and international boundaries by air is increasing geometrically across the globe, thereby creating increased opportunities for trade and economic development, especially in developing countries like Nigeria.
Dunoma made the remarks during the Nigeria Cargo Summit organized by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) in Ikeja, Lagos.
He said the quest to maximize these potentials has led to the remodeling of designated perishable cargo airports across the country, adding that the aviation industry in Nigeria is an investment haven as the nation’s growing economy and the new emphasis on agriculture would multiply both import and export of products from the country.
According to Dunoma, “A recent IATA report suggested that cargo volumes are expected to grow by 4.5 per cent in 2015, as compared to the time when air cargo business faced weak markets and increasing competition since 2011”.
The Managing Director, who was represented by FAAN’s Director of Cargo Development Dr Uche Ofulue, called on all private investors and stakeholders in the aviation industry to reach out and showcase the rich potential of Nigeria to the world by keying into the opportunities available in the country’s air cargo sector.
“Some strategic airports in Nigeria include Akure, Minna, Abuja, Owerri, Calabar, Ilorin, Jalingo, Jos, Uyo, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt have been designated as fresh and dry cargo exportation ports for fresh agricultural produce from surrounding local communities to markets in Europe, United States of America and other countries across the world”, Dunoma said.
He further explained that work has already started on some of these cargo terminals at some airports across the country.

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African Cargo Traffic Records 3.8% Increase

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African carriers have recorded a 3.8 per cent surge in freight demands amid a 4.8 per cent slump in global demand.The African region was the only one to report growth in June 2019 according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) data for global air freight markets released yesterday.
This makes Africa the strongest performer for the fourth consecutive month as capacity grew 16.6 per cent. Route analysis shows that the Africa-Asia performance is strong, up 12 per cent year-on-year. Data for global air freight markets showed that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 4.8 per cent in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eighth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes.
Signs of a modest recovery in recent months appear to have been premature, with the June contraction broad-based across all regions with the exception of Africa.
Capacity growth remains subdued and the cargo load factor continues to fall. Globally, trade growth is languishing, and business uncertainty is compounded by the latest tariff increases in the U.S.-China trade dispute.
IATA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Alexandre de Juniac, said global trade continues to suffer as trade tensions – particularly between the U.S. and China – deepen.
“As a result, air cargo markets continue to contract. Nobody wins a trade war. Borders that are open to trade spread sustained prosperity. That’s what our political leaders must focus on,” he said. Airlines in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East once again suffered the sharpest declines in year-on-year growth in total air freight volumes in June 2019. Africa was the only region to show any growth.
Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 5.4 per cent in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Although an important factor, the U.S.-China trade war is not solely responsible for the fall. FTKs for the within-Asia market have decreased more than 10 per cent over the past year. Air freight capacity increased by 1.8 per cent over the same period.
North American airlines’ freight demand decreased by 4.6 per cent in June 2019, compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 1.9 per cent over the past year. U.S.-China trade tensions are weighing on the performance, with FTKs to Asia down five per cent. FTKs on routes to/from Europe, South America and Middle East were also lower.
European airlines posted a 3.6 per cent decrease in freight demand in June 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier. Comparatively strong cargo volumes within Europe are helping to minimise the impact of weaker German exports. Capacity increased by 2.8 per cent year-on-year.
Middle Eastern airlines’ freight volumes decreased 7.0 per cent in June 2019 compared to the year-ago period. Capacity increased by 2.7 per cent. Seasonally-adjusted demand has been falling since late 2018, and the latest data show volumes to Europe (-7.2 per cent) and Asia-Pacific (-6.5 per cent) were particularly weak.
Latin American airlines experienced a decrease in freight demand in June 2019 of 1.0 per cent compared to the same period last year and capacity increased by 4.6 per cent. Much of the decline in traffic can be attributed to weakness in the within-South America market (especially Brazil and Argentina) where FTKs fell 6.5 per cent.

 

Wole Oyebade

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FAAN Boss Restates Commitment To Improve Airport Operations

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The new Managing  Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, says he is determined to improve airport operations in the country.
He said that aviation industry all over the world had moved up through the adoption of new processes and technology and that Nigeria as a well respected nation could not afford to be left behind among other countries.
Yadudu who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos, Wednesday, explained that the aviation industry has evolved new technology and new processes, and urged aviation stakeholders to embrace the new trend.
“The industry is moving with new technology and new processes, and it is either you are going forward or you are moving backward, and so we have to keep improving services, processes and procedures.
“ Primarily, I need to say in the next few months, we are going to concentrate on improving ourselves and I think the best way is that we are going to improve the agency by discipline.
“We must sustain a high level of discipline year-in, year-out as it allows you to perform to the best of your ability. We must maintain a high standard in terms of personal discipline in the discharge of our professional responsibilities, and with all these qualities, we can accomplish all”, he said.
The new FAAN boss, however, commended his predecessor, Engr. Saleh Dunoma for successfully leading the organisation with his wealth of experience gathered during his years of meritorious service in the authority.
He described Saleh as a professional whose experience would be needed for further development of the aviation sector and therefore promised to maintain a regular contact with him whenever there was need for his assistance.

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Stakeholder Calls For Rebuilding Of MMIA

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An international business executive and a regular air passenger at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Chief Marckson Ndukwe, has called on the Federal Government to rebuild the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, saying the airpot’s capacity is being over stretched.
He said that the Lagos airport which was built in 1979 had never had any expansion work done on it, in spite of the increase in the number of foreign and indigenous carriers using the airport.
Ndukwe who made this known while speaking to aviation correspondents in an interview at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Wednesday, noted that the federal authorities had not done enough to meet up with the increasing population in air transportation in the country.
According to him, the construction giant in Nigeria; Julius Berger Nigeria Limited had carried out a comprehensive study on the reconstruction of the airport on the quest for rebuilding the airport.
“Since 1979 when the Murtala Mohammed Airport was built, no expansion work has taken place despite increase of foreign and indigenous carriers using the airport.
“ The airport which was inaugurated in 1979 for 300,000 passenger capacity now processes about eight million passengers. Such mismatch does not portray Nigeria as a country planning for the growth of its aviation industry.
“ The airport generates most of the income in the sector, and so it is only right it is given a facelift that it requires as the most busy airport in the country which should be developed as a regional hub within Africa”, he said.
The business executive, however, urged the federal authorities and the airport managers to also consider other airports in the country like the Port Harcourt International airport among others, for competitive airline operations.
He said that the Lagos airport was almost congested with influx of airlines, whereas some other airports like the Port Harcourt airport has just few airlines that operate there.

 

Corlins Walter

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