The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has approved six airlines to resume flights in Nigeria.
Eye9ja reports that the six airlines have passed the airworthiness requirements as disclosed by the NCAA in preparation for the resumption of commercial flights in Nigeria.
The NCAA disclosed this at the end of a webinar that held on Tuesday night till the early hours of Wednesday.
The webinar had in attendance Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation; Musa Nuhu, NCAA director-general; and Sanni Aliyu the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19.
NCAA Approves Airlines To Resume Flights In Nigeria
“Six of the airlines have crossed the mark from the point of view of airworthiness. We have asked all the airlines that they should use only reagents that are approved by the original equipment manufacturers of their different aircraft types to disinfect their machines,” Ita Awak, NCAA director for airworthiness standards, said.
To this end, a tentative date of June 21 has been adopted by the presidential task force on COVID-19 for the resumption of domestic flights in the country.
Allen Onyeama, CEO of Air Peace airline, also said the situation might force airlines to transfer the cost of the empty seats to customers which would mean a huge financial burden for the customers.
“All over the world, the biggest airlines are emphasizing it. It doesn’t really make any sense. That depletes the resources of these airlines. it will definitely kill the airlines because the purchasing power of the Nigerian people is very low.
“If you want to now distribute the cost on the few people who are flying, about 50 percent or 70 percent who are flying, maybe an aircraft of about 140-seater, you are flying only 90 people, you have to distribute the other seats not being flown on the passengers
“Can Nigerians afford N70,000 worth of ticket on less than one-hour flight?”