AIRLINE OPERATORS KICK AS EMIRATE INCREASES FLIGHT FREQUENCY INTO NIGERIA, TO FOUR…
Written by tobi adejare on August 4, 2019
REPORTED BY NOSA AITUAMEN
The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has kicked against the recent commencement of an additional flight by Emirates airline granted by the Federal Government increasing its frequency to four (4) flights daily into Nigeria.
The AON chairman Captain Nogie Meggison in a statement said, they were even pained because the increase in Emirates frequency was coming on the eve of a Nigerian Carrier’s commencement of flights to UAE operated with 100% Nigerian Pilots, Cabin Crew, Engineers and Dispatchers.
He described the action of government as very unfair placing the country’s indigenous carriers at a massive disadvantage, the Nigerian economy and the jobs of our youths and huge capital flight.
According to Meggison, Emirates as of today, operates two daily flights out of Lagos and two daily flights out of Abuja. Etihad, from the same country, also operates daily flights out of Lagos as well.
Explaining further, he stated that flights from the two UAE Airlines, translates to 5 flights daily and a total of 150 flights per month from UAE; as against a Nigerian Carrier that only just started operating 3 flights per week, 12 flights monthly into UAE, adding this was a colossal plundering of the Nigerian economy through capital flight and a huge loss of Nigerian jobs.
The AON chairman, therefore called on the government to review all existing BASAs to readdress the unfair trade advantage given to foreign airlines against Nigerian airlines.
He stressed that the review of the BASA would go a long way to safeguard the Nigerian economy from continued plundering of its resources, preserve the lively hood of workers in the aviation sector and create jobs for the many unemployed youths.
Other benefits he listed include, encourage and promote technology transfer and significantly reduce capital flight in line with the vision of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.