Thursday 6 December 2012

Diversify developments in the aviation sector - MMIA Commandant.

Sky Watch Nigeria.

Former commandant of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Group Captain John Ojikutu(rtd) has called on the government to consider safety and security infrastructures in the aviation sector.

While reviewing the estimated revenue generated by foriegn and domestic airlines which has been put at around $25 billion or over N3.5trillion annually, Ojikutu calls for the setting in place of an organized system of accountability stating that: "Airport remodelling, national carrier or government financial intervention cannot individually or collectively grow the industry"

Ojikutu who is also currently an aviation security expert spoke on the needs of the aviation industry to diversify some of its development activities. While speaking on the subject he said: “Allow private investors in the industry, give concessions or free taxes on charges on airlines on landing and parking, navigational charges and others, reduce multiple landing for foreign airlines to our international airports to create markets for domestic airlines. If government does these, the industry will grow."

These revenues which come from passenger tickets, cargo frieghts, cargo operations, and payment for charter services have been brought to light in the recent decision of the government to assist the domestic airlines acquire new aircraft for their operations. Which has led several aviation analysts calling for reforms at different levels.


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