We’ll prioritize sustainable air travel through satellite technology, says FG

By Innocent Raphael

Mr. Festus Keyamo, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to advancing sustainable air travel through strategic satellite technology utilization.

Keyamo’s remarks came during the inauguration of the 28th Meeting of the African-Indian Ocean (AFI) Satellite Network Management Committee (SNMC) in Abuja on Monday.

The minister emphasized that prioritizing satellite technology aligns with the Aviation Ministry’s broader objectives, including airport modernization, safety infrastructure development, private investment attraction, professional skill cultivation, and research and development advancement.

Stating the pivotal role of satellite technology in Nigeria’s Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Automation project, he disclosed the project harnesses the Aeronautical Message Handling System (VSAT) network to boost communication and operational efficiency in Air Traffic Management systems.

He also revealed Nigeria’s commitment to updating its multiplexers to NETPERFORMER technology in accordance with international standards set during the 27th SNMC meeting in Accra in 2019.

While stressing the importance of sustained collaboration among committee members to optimize the African Flight Information System Network (AFISNET) and enhance Air Traffic Management (ATM) operational capabilities, he asserted that these initiatives collectively aim to optimize the aviation sector’s contributions to Nigeria’s economy and security.

Farouk Umar, Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), in his contribution, commended the SNMC’s contributions to improving air traffic management in the AFI regions, noting enhancements in navigation procedures, safety standards, and stakeholder collaboration.

These improvements according to him, have resulted in more efficient operations, reduced communication delays, and enhanced situational awareness.

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