12 July 2012

Nigeria: Aviation Industry Is Collapsing - Aviation Round Table

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Lagos, Muhammed Airport

Aviation Round Table has raised alarm over the decaying conditions in Nigeria's aviation industry and called for drastic measures to tame the tide.

Captain Dele Ore, the President of ART during a press briefing yesterday in Lagos indicated that the capacity in Nigeria aviation industry is currently low thus, cannot sustain the industry if something drastic isn't done.

He noted that some airlines financial capability is too weak to afford modern aircrafts, engage experts and carry out vital and usually expensive maintenance on their aircraft.

"The aviation industry is dying. If nothing is done it will die. One by one they will die and in no distant time, just about two airlines will be operational in Nigeria," he said.

The solution, he said, is for some airlines to merge and forge large airlines in Nigeria far removed from the current situation where some airlines are operating with less than three aircraft.

He also joined the call for the federal government to float a national carrier.

Captain Ore also said that for the aviation industry to grow in Nigeria, all the previous ministerial committee reports on the industry should be implemented. Speaking on the Dana Aircraft crash, he challenged the federal government to release transcript from the cockpit data recorder or blackbox.

He also called on authorities to tell exactly when the aircraft left so that they can figure out if it was fuel shortage that caused the crash.

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