There are no excuses in Aviation, Olowo tells graduates

The President of the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative, ASRTI, and CEO Sabre Travel Network West Africa, Dr. Gabriel Olowo says excuses are not tolerated in the industry.

Olowo made this known to some university graduates who paid him a courtesy visit at the company’s head office in Lagos on Friday.

The graduates, who were led by the editor of Travel and Business News, Mr. Ewos Iroro, are part of a young graduates empowerment initiative organised by the magazine.

“Aviation is a no-nonsense industry. There is no ‘I am sorry sir’ in aviation. Every ‘I am sorry’ is a safety issue. People close to me know that I hate ‘I am sorry sir’. That’s what aviation turned me to,” Olowo said.

Image of Gabriel Olowo, Ewos Iroro and graduates of YGEI
CEO, Sabre West Africa, Dr. Gabriel Olowo chats with Mr. Ewos Iroro and some graduates of the YGEI who paid him a courtesy visit at the company’s head office in Lagos on Friday, September 20, 2019.

“A pilot commits an error, he’s going to not only kill himself, he’ll kill all the population he takes with him. The guy at the ticket desk commits an error, he’s going to lose millions in damages,” he added.

Iroro, who is also the secretary of Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, thanked the Sabre CEO for his support to the initiative which had been running since 2014.

“In those five years, we have been able to receive the generous blessings from Sabre. Each year we get five slots to train young graduates in airline ticketing and basic reservation,” he said.

“Many of them (graduates) have started a career in the sector. They have taken responsibility for their lives and have started their own business,” Iroro added.

The graduates then thanked Olowo for giving them the opportunity to meet with him and also undergo the Sabre training.

 “I’ve always been fascinated by aviation, right from when I was small. I just want to get more understanding. That’s why I am here,” Princess, one of the graduates, said.

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Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network, and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.


Travel and Business News is one of Nigeria’s leading air transport journals of the Travel and Tourism Industry that is released quarterly with a reach of about 20,000 readers. Ewos Iroro is the Editor of the Magazine and also the Conference Coordinator of the annual Travel & Business News Air Transport Safety, Security & Service Summit which is a platform for experts and captains of industry to converge annually to cross-fertilise ideas on pertinent industry issues in an effort to chart a course for the sector.

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