Khartoum — The Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir on Wednesday reviewed results of a probe into Sudan Airways loss of landing slot at Heathrow airport in London and ordered that those responsible should be held accountable
The transportation minister Ahmed Babiker Nahar said following his meeting with Bashir today that the latter wants the landing slot reinstated or in the alternative have the airline reimbursed. Nahar said that the Sudan Airways CEO and former investment minister Al-Sharif Ahmed Omer Badr has been implicated in the highly controversial scandal.
Badr has reportedly approved sale of the Heathrow slot to British Midland International (BMI) for millions of dollars. Badr was fired from Sudan Airways after the Kuwaiti Arif Investment Group (AIG) took over. When the Heathrow issue surfaced AIG denied any involvement.
Details of the sale remain murky with some suggesting involvement of many parties. Sudan Airways ownership has reverted back to the government in 2012. Largely shut off from the airline industry due to a U.S. trade embargo, Sudan Airways is down to less than 10 Airbus , Boeing and Fokker aircraft - most of them were bought second-hand, some more than 15 years ago.
Last month Khartoum announced its intention to buy five Antonov planes from Ukraine to boost its aging fleet.