‘Save Nigerian Airlines’

With many Nigerian airlines finding it difficult to survive, air travellers have  called on the Federal Government to come to their rescue.

The travellers, who spoke with our correspondent at the Murtala Muhammed  International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, said Nigerian airlines are grappling  with problems of gargantuan proportions.

Among the problems they cited are high cost of aviation fuel, decayed infrastructure  and lack of adequate patronage from the Nigerian public.

At least, three Nigerian airlines have collapsed between last year and this year.  They include Afrijet, Capital and Bellview airlines

Chanchangi could not fly for months due to operational challenges.

Other airlines such as Arik Air, Air Nigeria, Danna Air and Aero Contractors, as  well as IRS Airline are heavily indebted.

“The government should make some amount of money available for the airlines so they  can have a good base. If the airlines can’t stand well on their own, they should  merge,” one of the passenger who identified himself as Mr. Olamide responded on the  way forward for the airlines.

Another passenger, Akin Owolola, called on government agencies at the airport like  the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN; Nigeria Airspace Management Agency,  NAMA, to improve on their services to passengers and airlines.

He appealed to the government to provide the needed fund to refurbish or rebuild  the airports where necessary and instal navigation equipment.

—Busayomi Amoran

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