AM EDITORIAL: As LAAC Annual Conference Makes An Approach

Over the years, the annual conference organized by aviation journalists in Nigeria under the umbrella of League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) has tremendously contributed to improvement of various segments of the industry ranging from airline business to ground handling, airport business, industry financing, policy and regulation, safety and security, players’ collaboration, aviation insurance and passenger services, amongst others.

The conference has made an unquantifiable impact on the sector by creating platforms to throw up and address policy, management and operational issues and this has resulted in significant evidential changes in Nigeria’s aviation sector, such that members of other journalism bodies have testified that the success and consistency of the LAAC Annual conference is yet to be attained by their own events.

This year is about to feature another edition of the conference which has become a calendar event held in July. Stakeholders in Nigeria’s aviation industry will on Friday, July 26, 2024, assemble at Providence Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos for the 28th edition of the conference.

Theme of this year’s edition is Aviation Survivability Amidst Challenging Macro-Economic Environment. This theme was informed by the challenging state of the country’s economy which has amplified the already existing constraints to growth and development of Nigeria’s aviation industry in form of poor access to forex, weakening currency, high fuel costs, maintenance costs, poor airports infrastructure, regulatory constraints, growing manpower demands, technology upgrade, passenger comfort, among other issues that require urgent attention of industry stakeholders.

The conference presents an opportunity for  organizations  to highlight their activities as it is expected to attract over 200 aviation industry professionals cutting across the aviation agencies, security agencies, international and domestic airlines operating in Nigeria, aviation support services, including travel service providers and tour operators.

Aviation and allied business organizations have equally taken advantage of sponsorship opportunities presented by this event to sell their products and services. This 2024 edition presents yet another opportunity.

“This year’s conference is peculiar because it will focus on the industry’s survival and sustenance which constitutes a major subject of discussion in a time like this,” says Mr. Chinedu Eze, Chairman, LAAC Conference Planning Committee.

LAAC is Nigeria’s aviation media umbrella body saddled with the responsibility of ensuring effective media coverage and practice in the aviation industry.

This is a clarion call on all stakeholders to prepare to attend the 2024 LAAC Annual conference and once again, exchange ideas on how Nigeria’s aviation industry can attain the much desired growth and development. AM

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Albinus Chiedu

Albinus Chiedu is a journalist, aviation media consultant, events management professional, and author. He has practiced journalism since 2000.

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