Nigeria Aviation Awards (NIGAV), aviation industry watchdog, which monitors activities in the industry and rewards outstanding organisations and individuals has presented awards to personnel and bodies that distinguished themselves in many ways in the industry in 2016.
Med-View Airline emerged the airline in addition to clinching two other awards.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole won the coveted award of airline CEO of the year while a pilot of the airline, Capt. Usman Saleh Yahaya emerged as the Pilot of the Year.
Also, Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma won the Aviation Personality of the Year while the cabin crew of the year award went to Dana Air.
A Dana Air crew member – Joy Odimgba, bagged the award for the Air Crew of the Year.
Odimba, while speaking to newsmen after the award said, “I am delighted to have won the award for Air Crew of the Year and this underscores the effort we put in daily to ensure that all our guests enjoy our award-winning hospitality onboard our flights. For us at Dana Air, our customers come first and we will continue to keep them smiling at every opportunity.”
Also the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) won the award of Best Handling Company for the year 2016.
SAHCOL was selected for the award by the NIGAV Award’s Committee because of the “remarkable changes, improvements and value added to the aviation development, air transport service delivery and safer air travel.”
The company said the awards have “continued to encourage healthy competition and also promote best practices in a sector that cannot settle for less.”
In 2009, the SIFAX Group led by its Executive Chairman, Dr Taiwo Afolabi, bought over SAHCOL from the federal government of Nigeria, since then, the company has experienced significant milestones and achievements after it was acquired.
Today, SAHCOL is emerging as the most highly regarded and fastest growing ground handling company in Nigeria, slowly and steadily, having undergone and received the highest available International and local certifications, providing equipment and facilities that matches with the very best anywhere in the world
SAHCOL was incorporated as an Aviation Ground Handling Services provider under the Nigerian Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990. It is a Nigerian owned enterprise involved in the activities which includes Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling and Warehousing, Aviation security, Baggage Reconciliation, Crew bus and Executive Lounge services and other related Ground Handling services for World best Airlines, originating within Nigeria and from various parts of the Continent.
Also rewarded was the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos, has won the Most Functional Airport Terminal Award of 2016.
The terminal, operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), was adjudged the best by Nigerians who responded to the calls of the Nigerian Aviation (NIGAV) Awards Committee to nominate winners for the various categories of its awards organised by IFC International Limited, an aviation consulting firm.