Today is the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO Day.
The day is celebrated to acknowledge the importance of aviation in respect of safe and fast transportation across the world as well as the core role of ICAO which provides a comprehensive global network for the welfare and benefit of mankind.
The theme of the celebration is ‘Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development‘.
The International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO is an arm of the United Nations in charge of air transportation.
Created in 1944, ICAO ensures the promotion of a safe and orderly development of civil aviation. Its standards and recommended practices have over the years helped in aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity in the global industry.
Development Aviation stakeholders, Olu Uhunayo and Femi Adeniji say the body has helped Nigeria to sustain its safety and security records with regular audits and training programmes.
“They have supported us and we have always tried as much as possible to go above the recommended practices the minimum set by ICAO and that has put us in their good books. It helps because every single airliner or aviation operator in Nigeria look after themselves”.
With the reopening of borders for the resumption of flight operations after the lifting on the lockdown, the president, Aircraft Owners, Pilots Association of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Nwuba says, ICAO was at the forefront of ensuring that planes were back in the skies.
” ICAO has done a great job, they keep on the forefront of understanding and expanding the sector and that is a very good thing”.
The importance of civil aviation as an engine of global connectivity is even more relevant now as the United Nations and world nations have adopted Agenda 2030 and have embarked towards a new era in global sustainable development.
On this year’s theme, ‘Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development‘, aviation expert, Ikechi Uko said, through technology, the sector has continued to look at what everyone sees but seeing it differently and look not through the window but at the outdoors for new spaces, shapes and new dimensions.
“Airlines are becoming more innovative pivoting into cargo as a way of surviving”.
With demand for increased air transport, flight movements will increase this will mean the opening of new routes, an increase in security checkpoints, expansion of aprons, runways, installation of more navigation facilities and terminal buildings.
Others are looking for new fuel, new designs and quieter aircraft to reduce carbon footprint among others.
How does the global industry intend to handle twice as many passengers as today within the next 20 years? This is the question that innovation must address according to industry analysts Mr. Supo Atobatele and Wole Shadare.
“Through technology now in the aviation industry, you will see that the industry globally is not static. The whole world has been able to use technology to advance aviation and that is very good, aviation will continue to innovate”.
They stressed that, innovation in the industry must come through a more collaborative approach, breaking down silos and increasing collaboration.
Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Tina Oyinsan