The Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Akin Olateru, has called for effective collaboration between air transport and the tourism industry.

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He declared that the two sectors needed each other to thrive and developed the nation’s economy.

Olateru said this statement while presenting a paper: ‘Best practices in civil aircraft accident prevention and investigation for sustainable development of the transportation and tourism industry’, at the 2020 National Tourism and Transportation Summit and Expo 2020.

A statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, said that Olateru was represented at the occasion by the Director of Operations, Capt Dayyabu Danraka.

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Olateru explained that the Nigerian aviation industry contributed at least $1.7bn and created 341,000 direct jobs to the country’s Gross Domestic Product before the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, which crippled the world’s economy.

According to him, the $1.7bn and 241,000 figures were presented by the International Air Transport Association recently.

Olateru described air accident and serious incident investigation and timely release of safety reports as a catalyst for sustainable development in the air transportation and tourism industry in the country.

He insisted that air transport was part of a broader travel and tourism sector, widely recognised as the world’s largest industry.