In an effort to increase air service, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s leadership had the opportunity to visit Namibia, a small country in Southern Africa, in late November 2023.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s General Manager Balram “B” Bheodari led the delegation with his executive leadership to include Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy General Manager Ms. J’Aimeka “Jai” Ferrell, and Mrs. Alrene Barr, Director of International Business.
“My sincerest gratitude to global connector, April Ripley and Namibia Airports Company CEO and your team for realizing the vision, being exceptional hosts and coordinating tours and meetings with the Namibian government, business leaders and tourism stakeholders,” stated Bheodari in LinkedIn. Ms. April Ripley is an Atlanta-based consultant focused on international protocol and etiquette, who helped to organize the engagement with the Namibia Airports, the US Embassy and other key officials.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has three African Sister Airport Agreements to include Liberia, Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire. Under the leadership of former Honorary Consul Cynthia L. Blandford, airport officials visited Liberia in 2020 for a series of technical meetings to discuss training and capacity building, customer service and security protocols and explored Liberia as a potential Air Cargo destination. On-going discussions are underway. Namibia also has an Honorary Consul who is located in Albany, Georgia.
By: Cynthia L. Blandford, Editor-In-Chief
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