Keyamo Attends Dubai 2023 Airshow: Promises Nigeria’s Version in 2024.
For the better part of last week, the Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, CON, SAN, FCAirB (UK) was at the venue of the 2023 Dubai Airshow at the UAE. The event which started on 13th November, 2023 attracted a considerable number of participants from around the world, including leading aviation and aerospace industry specialists.
From left to right is Mr. Mishal Anzari, Managing Partner, Airlin Executive; Mr. Hassan Ejibunu, Director (Air Transport Management), Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development; Mr. Festus Keyamo, Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development; and Ms. Dana Hatcic, Chief Executive Officer, Airlin Executive in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Minister took the opportunity of the Airshow to visit the pavilions of leading aviation and aerospace industries in the world to inspect modern technologies that could be of used in driving his 5- Point Agenda for the aviation industry in Nigeria, particularly on the improvement of infrastructure and promotion of innovation and creativity in cutting-edge technologies relating to civil aviation.
He had useful discussions with the representatives of the companies who shared their insights and expertise, and showcased the latest technologies that their companies could offer.
The Honourable Minister with the Head of African Division of Emirates Airline in Dubai
The Minister was impressed with the exhibition of the different technologies at the Airshow, and he made a pronouncement towards ensuring Nigeria organises her own Airshow in November 2024, thereby becoming the first African country to organise such an event. Some of the exhibitors at the Dubai Airshow have made commitments to be at the maiden edition of Nigeria’s Airshow.
Using the opportunity of the Airshow, the Honourable Minister on the sidelines met with officials of Emirates Airline to further discuss the resumption of flights by the Airline to Nigeria. The discussion on it was positive as the Airline management has given assurance that the resumption of the flight would commence very soon. The management of the Airline affirmed that the Emirati’s Government has granted approval to the Nigeria’s carrier, Air Peace Airline, to fly direct into and out of the prime airport in Dubai.
Similarly, the Honourable Minister met with the management of Airlin Executive, led by its CEO, Dana Hatcic, a company that indicated interest in establishing an MRO facility in Nigeria. The management had fruitful discussions with the Honourable Minister and they have been invited to Nigeria for further follow-up of their business plans.
No doubt, the Dubai Airshow has provided a unique platform for the Honourable Minister to drive his vision for the aviation industry in Nigeria.