E-Flight Planning Central to Transformation, says NAMA boss

ABUJA: The one day training for airline officials by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency[NAMA] on ”e-Flight Planning Workshop for Airlines” is the central focus of the transformation from Aeronautical Information Service to Aeronautical Information Management (AIM), the Managing Director of the Agency, Mazi Nnamdi Udoh asserted today.

He made this assertion during the one day training programme for airlines in the country as part of strategy in reducing flight delays at the nation’s airports.

In addition, the training was meant to educate airline operators on the need to imbibe e-flight planning to reduce flight delays and improve services to their customers”.

Mazi Udoh described the training exercise as timely considering the on-going automation project of the AIS.

The Assistant Chief Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) Officer of the agency, Mr. S.B. Shittu who facilitated the training in conjunction with NAMA ICT and NOMAD Technologies, said the workshop was informed by the current drive by the management to prevent errors in the filing of flight plans by the airlines. He noted that with the proper training of the airline officials on e-flight plan, the manual way of doing so would be easily eliminated, adding that this business innovation through automation would bring about high quality service delivery to their numerous customers.

The Agency’s Chief Information Officer- Ogochukwu Ifeanyi indicated that the Agency would organize another workshop in November to evaluate the current usage and provide opportunity for other airlines to participate.

The airlines that participated in the workshop included; Bristow Helicopter, Aero Contractor, Pan African Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air France-KLM, Overland Airways, Lewis Cooper International Aviation and Turkish Airlines among others.

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