The National Arts and Culture Council (NCAC) has urged the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to step up its efforts to reposition the country’s airports to improve comfort, confidence, satisfaction and experience some tourists.
In a statement on Friday, NCAC chief executive Olusegun Runsewe said it was important to fully and effectively support the growth of the tourism industry.
Mr Runsewe, who spoke at the FAAN Aviation Conference on Friday on “Nigerian Airports: Gateway to Tourism Destination Development and Management in Nigeria”, said the agency needs to do several things to reposition airports.
Stating that the airport is the first exposure window for international tourists, he stressed the need to ensure the design, construction and maintenance of the terminals while welcoming the commissioning of additional terminals at some of the airports. from the country.
He said the general opinion of aviation experts was that the terminals of all international airports in Nigeria should have aprons wide enough to accommodate large aircraft like the Boeing 787, Dreamliner 777, 747 and Airbus. A380.
“It is therefore strongly recommended that space be a major consideration in the location, design and construction of international airport terminals.
“Regulatory bodies such as FAAN, NAMA and NCAA should put in place adequate regulatory frameworks to ensure the safety and security of the Nigerian air transport system,” he said.
Mr Runsewe said relevant authorities must ensure effective surveillance of aircraft before take-off and upon arrival to minimize risks by avoiding any technical failure.
The NCAC called for adequate security measures to meet international practices in the aviation sector, adding that this would also boost the confidence of air travellers.
Mr. Runsewe urged the government to create an enabling environment for private sector investment in the tourism industry.
He said this would make the industry viable enough to attract domestic and international tourists to many destinations.
Mr. Runsewe added that the development of air transport would undoubtedly have multiplier effects on the development of the tourism sector and the economy as a whole.