BA to partner Federal Government on aviation development
The Chief Executive Officer, British Airways, Mr. Keith Williams, has said that the airline will partner the Federal Government to develop the Nigerian aviation industry.
Williams described Nigeria as an important market to BA, adding that the carrier had been operating in Nigeria for the past 76 years
He said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with Vice-President Namadi Sambo in Abuja on Thursday.
The BA boss said, “The future of Nigeria and the transformation programme that it has to grow the economy is bright, and British Airways, as an airline, supports the growth of that economy through air travels. So, as the Nigerian economy grows, the British Airways will grow with Nigeria.
“If you look at the British Airways, it has served Nigeria now for 76 years and we get a great partnership with Nigeria, which has been a long one and an important one, and it will always continue to be an important one between the two countries and the British Airways supports that.”
Williams said Nigeria had huge domestic and international markets for the growth of the aviation industry and that his company would explore the market for the general good of both parties.
Williams expressed satisfaction with the way and manner the country’s aviation sector was being managed, adding, however, that Nigeria needed to build its domestic and regional aviation industry.
He described the ongoing merger activities between world leading airlines as a welcome development for the global growth of the aviation industry.
The BA CEO said, “If I look at the global aviation industry, it is in a period of change and what we are seeing around the world is the growth of cooperation, and that is the case with British Airways, which merged with Iberia, and tying up with an American and Japanese airlines.
“So, there are lots of merger activities happening to support global growth in the airline industry; and clearly, Nigeria is a huge important country with a huge population and it got important trade flows and the airlines need to support those important trade flows whether that is through Nigeria airlines or international airlines.”
He gave an assurance that BA would continue to meet its socio-economic obligations to Nigeria to further enhance its corporate responsibilities in the country