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Wakanow appoints Adenike Macaulay as Chief Executive Officer



The Board of Directors and Management of Wakanow Group has appointed Mrs. Adenike Macaulay as Chief Executive Officer of Wakanow Nigeria effective January 2023.

She is a transformational leader with several years of experience in the travel industry and has led commercial activities for Wakanow since July 2021 as Chief commercial officer.

While announcing her appointment,the Group CEO of Wakanow Group, Mr.  Bayo Adedeji said, “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs. Adenike Macaulay as the Chief Executive Officer of Wakanow. She has been an invaluable addition to the management of Wakanow since she joined us and with her vast experience and exposure in the aviation sector, we definitely will consolidate our growth trajectory in Nigeria.

“We are expanding into new verticals and Countries in Africa & beyond to take advantage of new business opportunities in the emerging competitive landscape leveraging our deep competence and expertise in the travel tech industry, and I will be leading this venture as Group CEO” he added.

“We are very excited about the bright future ahead of us in the African travel and tourism industry by providing end-to-end services easily accessible to every African by leveraging technology and strategic partnerships.”

The new Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Adenike Macaulay said, “ The past 18 months with Wakanow have been immensely exciting as we have recorded several milestones and record breaking results in the history of the company. I’m excited to take on the new responsibility saddled upon me by the board and management of Wakanow and look forward to leading and building with an immensely talented team.”

Prior to joining Wakanow, she was the first female and first Nigerian to be appointed as General Manager of Sales for Lufthansa Group in Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea where she led the teams in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Malabo, driving all commercial and sales activities for Lufthansa Group in the region.

She is the immediate past Chairperson of the International Air Transport Association Local Customer Advisory Group (LCAG) and Vice Chair of the IATA Agency Program Joint Council (APJC).

She holds an MBA from the University of Warwick in the UK, a BSc in Systems Engineering from the University of Lagos, and a Professional Diploma from the Digital Marketing Institute, Ireland amongst other qualifications.

She was recently recognised by the International Hospitality Institute as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Africa’s Travel and Hospitality industry. She was also recognized by Leading Ladies Africa as one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspiring women in 2019, by Guardian Nigeria as Woman of the week in March 2019 and by Poets & Quants as top 100 MBAs worldwide in 2020.

Wakanow has become renowned for her support to local and international airlines and enhancing the Nigerian aviation industry with distinct products and services. The travel tech company is built to cater to all the travel needs of travel enthusiasts from flights, hotels, holiday experiences, visa processing, COVID-19 tests, among other offerings for Nigerian travelers.


FAAN enlists undercover operatives to curb Airport extortion



The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is combating extortion by deploying covert personnel across all international airports.

MD, Kabir Yusuf Mohammed underscored the mystery staff’s role in observing and reporting staff activities. This move aims to address the tarnished image of Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

During a sensitisation program on ACI Airport Service Quality Initiative, Mohammed expressed dissatisfaction and warned of disciplinary action this festive season.

He challenged government agency representatives to excel in their duties, emphasising surveillance cameras’ omnipresence.

Mohammed asserted that FAAN will no longer tolerate misconduct, urging airport workers to enhance the country’s reputation through courtesy and respect.

Emphasising inter-agency collaboration, he encouraged synergy to avoid negative perceptions, fostering an open dialogue during the interactive session for constructive suggestions.

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SAHCO wins contract to provide ground handling services to Rano Airlines



By Seun Ibiyemi

Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc, has won the contract of providing Passenger, Baggage and Ramp Handling services to Rano Airlines at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

SAHCO will be handling four flights a day in Abuja daily. Rano Air is a licensed Airline, incorporated in 2019 with aims to make domestic and international travel management more personalized and seamless, their hub is in Abuja.

Rano Air Head of Ground Operations, Bashir Abdullahi, said Rano Air is happy to sign the contract with SAHCO. He emphasised that SAHCO was chosen over competitors because the Ground Handling Company has proven to be the best in Ground Handling in the country.

SAHCO is the only Ground Handling Company in Nigeria that is in all the commercially operated Airports in Nigeria. This feat and quality of service has enabled SAHCO to attract and retain confidence of both existing and new airlines due to the seamless, safe and speedy service delivery which SAHCO is known for.

In recent times, many foreign airlines have moved their aviation ground handling operations to SAHCO to enjoy being handled by a dependable and devoted workforce who are well trained and whose integrity is undoubtable, delivering their activities in line with global best practices.

Also, SAHCO has invested in modern aviation ground support equipment (GSE) which operates on alternative power sources and are rugged to enable effective maneuvering in the Nigerian terrain. These GSEs are also equipped with the technology to guarantee zero carbon emission to ensure the commitment of SAHCO to protecting the environment.

Among these is the first ever Cool Dollies which are used to convey temperature sensitive shipment from the aircraft to the warehouse to ensure that the shipments are not denatured.

Despite operating in a challenging industry, SAHCO ensures that the focus is to confirm operational excellence which has helped in the handling of an array of aviation clients that enjoy customer specific services that are unique to them.

Recently, SAHCO won Uganda Airlines Ground Handling Contract. Ugandan Airlines is the flag carrier of the Republic of Uganda and is flying from Entebbe International Airport in Uganda thrice a week to Lagos, Nigeria.

Some of its clients include Aero Contractors, African World Airways, Air Cote D’Ivoire, Arik Air, Allied Air, Air Peace, Badr Airlines, Bristol Helicopters, British Airlines, Camair-Co, Caverton Helicopters, Dana Air, DHL Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Execujets, Green Africa Airlines, Ilbom Air, Inter Air, KLM, Air France ,Max Air, Middle East Airlines, Overland Airways, South African Airways, TAAG Angola, Tarco Airlines, Uganda Airlines, United Airlines, United Nigeria Airlines, XE Jet, Value Jet, Virgin Atlantic Cargo.

Since aviation is all about safety, SAHCO has ensured that the organisation is RA3 certified, ISAGO certified and I1SO,9001 certified. It is worthy to note that SAHCO is also the recipient of numerous awards both locally and internationally due to its quality service delivery in aviation ground handling operations in Nigeria.

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WIA honours Dana Air as Airline wins CSR award



Dana Air has been honoured by the Women in Aviation for celebrating 15 years in Nigeria’s Aviation Industry at the Annual Conference of Women in Aviation Nigeria Chapter held recently in Kano.

According to the President of Women in Aviation Nigeria, Rejoice Ndudinachi, “this year’s conference is themed: Connect, Engage, Inspire, and the highlight is presentation of awards to persons and organisations who have distinguished themselves in the society.”

Similarly, Dana Air has bagged the Corporate Social Responsibility airline of the year Award 2023 at the City Business News Summit 2023, held recently in Lagos at Oriental Hotels.

Speaking on the double honours, Dana Air’s Chief Operating Officer, Ememobong Ettete, said, “Dana Air is committed to the theme of this year’s WIA conference as always and this is a well-deserved recognition for us and it just goes to show that people see and appreciate the little things we do to support not just our dear country but communities, youths, the women in aviation, our industry and even the entertainment industry.”

“As a responsible corporate citizen, we remain committed to supporting worthy causes across the country and contributing to her growth and development as we have no other option than to build our country and see it achieve its full potential,” he added.

Having flown over 36 million passengers in the last 15 years of its operation, Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a mixed fleet of Boeing aircraft and daily flights to major cities in Nigeria.

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