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Bad aviation policies raising mortality rate of airlines in Nigeria—ART

Experts, under the aegis of Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART), has met in Lagos and agreed that government’s policy somersaults’ over time coupled with harsh operating environment are the major causes of collapse of several airlines and related servicing firms over the years in Nigeria.

Leader of the group founded by Dele Ore, Mr. Gbenga Olowo noted at the recent summit that over 30 per cent of the failures of the airlines are as a result of mismanagement by the owners and 70 per cent are as a result of the harsh government policies which are interchanged without consideration of the impacts on operators.

Before now, no fewer than 40 erstwhile functional airlines have gone under in the last 17 years, with some of the surviving eight facing bankruptcy even as AMCON has taken over two in the last few months.

However, Olowo, the Chief Executive Officer of Sabre Network NMC West Africa, revealed that Nigerian airlines consistently have 10 years lifespan because it is just almost impossible to survive the odds.

Explaining more, the president of ART noted that even though Nigeria Airways was a government business, its problem was not any different from the second generation airlines such as Okada airline, Hak air, amongst others that meant well but soon failed.

He said “Okada Airline for instance, brought a Boeing 747 aircraft. It never flew but allowed to rot away as investment was wasted”.

“The operator of the airline got a promise from the vice president then but we were looking at the airplane everyday positioned to do Lagos-London-Lagos routes. That was on the side of government and this was the same situation for Okada Cargo, Hak Air,” Olowo said.

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