THE Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos has again emerged the busiest gateway in Nigeria, with 21, 955 aircraft movements in 2013, followed by Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, which recorded 18, 417 in the same year.
According to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), this has indicated that the majority of Nigerian main airline operations are concentrated on Lagos and Abuja routes.
The Acting Director General, NCAA, Benedict Adeyileka; said that out of 4.5 million enplaned by Nigerian airlines at major airport in 2013, 3.6 million were enplaned at the five major airports, while Lagos recorded 43 per cent and Abuja 39 per cent.
Overcoming the challenges, Adeyileka stated that Nigerian airlines should leverage on the nation’s signing of the Cape Town Convention to commence a fleet renewal programme with newer aircraft, adding that the airlines should take advantage of the federal government’s aviation intervention funds to acquire newer fleet and equipment.
“Nigerian airlines need to work together as partners rather than compete. They should embrace code sharing and interlining. Once an airline can overcome all these challenges, focus can then shift to sustaining safety and building customer base.
“One of the ways of sustaining safety in Nigerian aviation sector is when airlines embrace the power of synergy. When airlines operating two or three aircraft merged to form one, the level of safety that will be achieved will be more than what one airline is striving to achieve”, he said.
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