Intrigue, losses as MMA2’s regional service stalls
Regional flight service scheduled to take off at the Murtala Mohammed Airport Two (MMA2) since January this year has remained in the cooler.
The non-take off of this service which stakeholder in the industry believe could be a gold mine that could substantially shore up the income of the relevant government agencies involved, which are statutory contributors to the national budget, is coming at time when the country is facing a dwindling economic fortune.
The agreement for the take off the regional operation was signed last May between the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL).
Under the agreement domestic airlines like Dana Air, Medview and Aero Contractor operating regional flights in the continent are to move their operations to MMA2 to decongest the international wing of the airport whose facilities are believed to be gradually becoming inadequate to cope with the increase in the volume of air traffic arising from the operations of these airlines.
The question that has been agitating the minds of stakeholders, especially some airlines that have declared their intentions to commence international operations at the terminal, is the reason behind the prolonged delay in the commencement of this service.
The spokesperson for Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa confirmed the readiness of the airline and others in its category to commence full operations from MMA2, stressing that they are only waiting for the green light from BASL and urged that parties to the agreement quickly resolve whatever grey area that is hindering the commencement of operations at this wing.
The situation becomes even more intriguing when the Chief Executive Officer of BASL, Christophe Penninck alleged that some stakeholders in the aviation industry were actively frustrating its efforts to start international operations at its terminal. The company claimed it had not only signed a valid agreement with the FAAN and that it had also complied with all the conditions set by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
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