Stakeholders have been urged to work in direction of resetting the African aviation trade with a view to harnessing the advantages of sustainable vitality and technology-driven operations.
This name was made on the simply concluded fourth Aviators Africa Convention and Tower Awards, which befell on the Protea Resort by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers in South Africa with the theme: ‘Sustainability in African Aviation’.
The Aviators Africa Convention and Tower Awards, which is a hybrid aviation and tourism occasion designed to carry collectively aviators and journey professionals, was attended by delegates and airline executives from the world over.
The occasion offered wonderful business-to-business (B2B) alternatives for aviation and tourism gamers to community on a worldwide platform for sustainable enterprise impression. It sought to debate and discover options to the challenges of the aviation trade in Africa in addition to recognise excellent gamers within the journey and tourism trade.
The three-day convention with the core mandate to carve a distinct segment and pioneer sustainability initiatives within the African aviation eco-system while connecting it with tourism, commenced with an outreach programme in partnership with the Woman Fly Program Africa (GFPA) Basis, Stroll for Love Africa, and South African Tourism.
Day-2 of the convention started with an expository keynote handle by the Chief Government Officer of the Airways Affiliation of Southern Africa (AASA), Aaron Munesti, which highlighted the crucial and the urgency of resetting the African aviation trade after the COVID-19 pandemic, slightly than restarting it.
Welcoming delegates to the occasion, the Founder and CEO of Aviators Africa Convention and Tower Awards, Toni Ukachukwu stated: “This yr noticed us being true to our goal as a pan-African organisation by bringing the occasion to South Africa, having hosted it in Nigeria for 3 straight years.
Based mostly on our thematic preoccupation, the concept is to have a look at sustainability within the broader sense of the phrase, masking numerous areas with inclusivity from the stakeholders and academia to discover not solely aviation however its allied industries for a extra sustainable improvement of Africa.”
The convention featured three participating and brainstorming panel classes, all of which x-rayed the assorted challenges bedeviling the aviation and tourism trade in Africa, in addition to advocate attainable restoration paths.
The primary panel, which was moderated by Derek Nseko, addressed ‘Property Finance & Airline Sustainability in Africa’. The panelists who included Sean Mendis, an airline government, and Monica Rubombora, Uganda Airways Nation Director for South Africa, critically appraised airline operations in Africa with respect to entry to credit score services, funding and sustainability.
Moderated by Sean Mendis, the second panel critically mentioned ‘Sustainability in African Aviation’ the place the insightful session featured Embraer Gross sales Director for Africa, Akie Chhabra; Co-Founding father of Fly Now, Yvonne Winter and CEO of Seefin Aviation, James O’Shea.
The panel mentioned present and future applied sciences, serving to the worldwide aviation trade to attain a inexperienced strategy to zero CO2.
The third panel of the day, which featured hospitality and tourism consultants, together with Professor Marina Novelli, Didier Bayeye, and Ifeanyi Ogochukwu, examined the ‘Affect of Airways on Sustainability of Tourism Locations’.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Senior Knowledgeable on Communication in Africa, Kojo Bentum Williams, moderated this.
Day-3 commenced with a CEO Management Breakfast Assembly sponsored by Marriott Worldwide. The discussion board offered one other alternative for casual business-to-business in addition to business-to-consumer conferences. The convention wound up within the night with a well-attended gala evening and the Tower Awards.
The spotlight of the Tower Awards was the induction of the Board Chairman of Ethiopian Airways, Ato Girma Wake, and Captain on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Kenya Airways, Irene Koki Mutungi, into the Aviators Africa Corridor of fame for his or her meritorious and trailblazing companies to the event of African Aviation.