The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has signed an agreement to partner with the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for better connectivity and promotionof internationalbest practices.
A delegation led by the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, arrived Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earlier this week, to discuss on a knowledge-sharing deal with the world’s busiest airport, globalatlanta.com reports.
The Nigerian delegation, accompanied by a representative of the Consulate General of Nigeria in Atlanta, showed admiration for their hosts.
The pact, which comprises an exchange of best practices and a push for better commercial connectivity between Atlanta and Africa’s most populous country, is the latest example of the “sister airport” agreements Hartsfield-Jackson has inked with nine countries since 2015.
Senior Deputy General Manager Michael Smith, said the partnership calls for periodic working groups to establish a flow of information and insight between the airports’ technical teams, as outlined in the memorandum of understanding.
Smith said the goal of these linkages with Nigeria and other nations is to develop the aviation sector globally and bolster countries following Atlanta’s lead in using air traffic to drive prosperity.
Yadudu, who is certified by the FAA to fly the Boeing 747 and other jets, said Nigeria’s airport system is taking off as an economy of 200 million people continues to grow.
“Connectivity in terms of aviation is a major enabler of social and economic progress … and we want to move from just being the most populous to being the most populous and also among the most developed.
“We have a lot of potential in Nigeria. We have a big market. Now we want to make sure that we move from just potential to achievement. What you are seeing today is just another step in that direction,” he said.