The Airline Operators of Nigeria has expressed displeasure in regards to the quite a few points within the aviation business, including that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is accountable for the flight delays and cancellations.
They mentioned the inadequacy of vital infrastructure on the airport is accountable for the quite a few flight delays within the nation.
This was disclosed at a press convention on Wednesday in Abuja.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, mentioned relating to flight delays and cancellations so many issues are concerned which many individuals have no idea however fairly blame the airways, including that no airline on the planet would need to delay flights due to the associated fee implications.
“How would I just wake up and want to delay my flight when I know I am going to incur a heavy cost.”
Further talking, Onyema mentioned Nigerian airways are working in a really hostile atmosphere with restricted infrastructure.
“The Airlines are on the mercy of everyone. The house owners of airways in Nigeria are patriotic as a result of it isn’t worthwhile. They are doing it as a service to Nigeria and ought to be applauded, not demonised.
“Nigerian indigenous airlines are performing under certain conditions that we should be applauded for still staying afloat. Is it forex, or fuel infrastructure? How about bird strikes in a good country? the airlines would have gone to court against FAAN for all the bird strikes because we pay for these services. Air Peace alone had had over twenty bird strikes in a year.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines and Spokesperson for AON, Prof Obiora Okonkwo, mentioned there may be large racketeering within the aviation fuel imports to the detriment of the airways.
According to him, aviation fuel promoting above N800/litre isn’t acceptable as our calculation exhibits that it shouldn’t be promoting above N500/litre.
He mentioned, “the authorities should make forex available and do something about the fuel racketeering. We are paying above the real cost. We are not asking for free money nor subsidy but the right thing should be done as the burden is transferred to the travellers.”
The President/Chief Executive Officer, Top Brass Aviation, Capt. Roland Iyayi famous that the inadequacy of vital infrastructure impacts extra on flight delays greater than another factor.
He mentioned that even check-in counters usually are not sufficient, the apron space isn’t sufficient and the airports are largely sunsets thus unavailable for night time operations.
“The truth is, have you gone to Abuja Airport during peak hours? Do you have about ten airlines in one small living room? If you have, for example, if an airline has Owerri, Enugu, Kano, Jos and Maiduguri flight schedules, those destinations should have individual desks, but it’s not so.”