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Airlines seek airport upgrade to limit delays

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By Okunloye Abiodun Segun

Airport terminal space, machines and other factors cause flight delays.

During the launch of the book “Air Transportation in Nigeria: The Lingering Expectations,” domestic airline companies called for a revamp and advancement of airport infrastructure. They said that most delayed flights were caused by things like not enough space in the airport terminals, not enough x-ray machines, and a lack of people to help passengers at the airports. Allen Onyema, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, spoke on behalf of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) and warned that the expected increase in passenger traffic during the upcoming holiday season could overwhelm airport infrastructure, particularly in Abuja, where only a handful of check-in counters are located in a relatively small hall capable of handling hundreds of passengers at once.

He added such a circumstance naturally produces delays since passengers who engage with airlines don’t really know the fundamental cause, which starts with check-in hall limitation, check-in counters, passenger screening difficulties, and departure hall capacity. Onyema estimated that 95 percent of flight delays are not caused by passengers or airlines. He said airlines are prepared, have their resource, and understand the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is responsive to its regulatory duties. Therefore, safety is guaranteed; however, the airport authority still has some issues to solve.

Airport delays are beyond airlines’ and customers’ control.

Regarding the Abuja and Gombe airports, he stated that it is unthinkable for passengers from around ten airlines to occupy a limited space with just four check-in counters, but instead of rallying around and supporting them, authorities choose to de-value them. Because of the country’s environment, Nigerian airline operators are among the country’s most patriotic residents. Passengers ought to know the real truth, yet those who are obligated to safeguard them are actively de-marketing airlines because they are unfairly blamed for delays that are beyond their control.

One popular destination that people enjoy flying to is Gombe. The governor has been quite encouraging, and although Air Peace enjoys the location, their safety is crucial. They reported the malfunctioning scanners, but They believe they are taking action, and he’s confident that all the relevant authorities are aware of the issue, so the issue is manageable, he continued. As a result of the book’s comprehensive coverage of the nation’s industry, stakeholders in the field have applauded and honored its authors.

The launched book will serve as an insight into the aviation sector.

Captain Musa Nuhu, Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), was represented by Tayyib Odunowo, Director of Aerodrome Airspace Standard, who confirmed that foreign currency and aviation fuel were continuing problems for the industry. The book’s chief launcher, Onyema, said it would be useful as a resource for Nigerians who are curious about the aviation industry. He believes the book does a good job of dissecting the problems of policy reversal, the owner/manager syndrome in the airline company, and poor corporate governance.

A number of people attended the event, including the chairman of Arik Air, Sir Arumemi Ikhide, and the previous managing director of Arik Air, Chris Ndulue. Dr. Alex Nwuba, Mr. Richard Aisubeogun; Mr. Kola Olayinka and Mrs. Adetutu Otuyalo, former and current country managers of British Airways; Mr. Abayomi Agoro, president of the Nigeria Air Traffic Controllers Association, Stakeholders in the industry who attended the event, praised the authors’ effort and attention to detail, noting that some of the issues addressed in the book have plagued the sector for years but have never been addressed.

FAAN and the ministry to revamp the airlines and their operation mode.

AON has communicated to the Ministry and FAAN regarding Abuja check-in counters, but the MD of FAAN said something is going to be done. The old international terminal is wasting away, so these airlines can move there to make more use of access. If they are only given a few counters, and thousands of people check in, this is definitely the cause of major delays. However, this government has helped with aviation, the President and the Minister have done quite a bit. However, they must take action on infrastructure, particularly at the Abuja airport, which is causing delays after taking off from Lagos due to check-in issues and no conveyor belts.


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9 months ago

Airlines seek airport upgrade to limit delays – Airport terminal space, machines and other factors cause flight delays. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
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9 months ago

All our airports need upgrade. A lot of passengers always experience delayed flights, thus we need to enlarge and expand our airport system.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
9 months ago

Its crazy that the firms that operate domestic flights have shown their support for the modernization and improvement of airport facilities.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
9 months ago

there is a lack of room at the terminals of the airports, there are not enough x-ray machines, and there are not enough employees to assist travelers at the airports.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
9 months ago

It is possible that airport infrastructure would be overwhelmed by the anticipated surge in passenger volume during the next holiday season.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
9 months ago

Passengers from approximately ten airlines occupying a small space with only four check-in counters are unfathomable, but rather than rallying behind and supporting them, authorities opt to de-value them.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
9 months ago

Airlines seek airport upgrade to limit delays. A lot of maintenance need to be done on our international and local airport. Some of the machines use at the airport are very old and it need to be replaced

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
9 months ago
  1. This book does a fantastic job of deconstructing the issues of policy reversal, the owner/manager dynamic in the airline firm, and weak corporate governance. It does so in a detailed manner.
Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
9 months ago

They are under the impression that they are taking action, and he is certain that all of the appropriate authorities are aware of the matter; therefore, the problem is not insurmountable.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
9 months ago

Because of the enormous number of customers who are consistently affected by aircraft delays, we need to enlarge and expand our airport infrastructure.

theApr
theApr
Member
9 months ago

The truth should be revealed to passengers, yet those responsible for protecting them are deliberately demonizing airlines because they are wrongfully held responsible for delays that are out of their control.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
9 months ago

Government should see to this it’s very important. Our lines should be of ultimum standard in order to provide better service to the users.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
9 months ago

The major problem in the aviation industry in the country is corruption,all this long explanation will not lead to anywhere us corruption is not eradicate or reduce in the aviation sector.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
9 months ago

These airlines can relocate there to better take advantage of access as the old international terminal is deteriorating. Numerous people checking in at the same time at only a few counters will result in significant delays.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
9 months ago

Upgrading our airport will stop delay in flight because the delay of flight people experience is not good upgrade of airport will improve the airport system and facilities

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
9 months ago

Government should see to this it’s very important. Our lines should be of ultimum standard in order to provide better service to the users.

jdpumping
jdpumping
Member
9 months ago

Our airport truly need to be upgraded with the level of activities going on that are too slow I ways of attending to travellers which causes delay in flight operations.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
9 months ago

Passengers should be told the truth, but those in charge are bashing airlines because they are unfairly blamed for delays.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
9 months ago

Upgrading our airport will reduce flight delays, which are bad. upgrading the airport will improve its amenities and system.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
9 months ago

Corruption is the biggest issue in the aviation industry, thus this extensive explanation won’t help unless it’s eliminated.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
9 months ago

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Last edited 9 months ago by Bola12
SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
9 months ago

The Airports system in Nigeria is still backward in operations and in terms of available space. Government needs to step in and revamp this sector. Another problem with our system is management culture.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
9 months ago

Our government should do the needful to revamp our airlines infrastructures especially Abuja and Gombe airports. Our government should do what are necessary for us to meet up with world standard.