Sustained Support ...Passengers Not Fazed By Airlines Incident Reports In Nigeria


Airlines operating in Nigeria continue to enjoy sustained patronage of air travellers contrary to the view of some critics that the serious incidents that recent series of serious incidents would discourage air travellers.

Between January and March 2018, Nigeria recorded about five serious incidents in the aviation industry, including the fire on Delta Airline's aircraft taking off from Lagos, Nigeria's Dana Air aircraft overshooting the runway in Port Harcout during heavy rain, etc.

Following the recent incidents in the aviation industry, aviation agencies in Nigeria including the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Accident Investigative Bureau (AIB), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) have been working assiduously to ensure that safety is not breached.

The Station Manager Lufthansa Airlines at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Dr. Adewale Sanni says in an interview: "For us at Lufthansa, our load factor has remained the same and it is even increasing. What we do at Lufthansa which I encourage other Airlines to do is that we ensure that our internal security is tight, we check for what we have, what we need to improve and to improve our optimized security."

Mrs. Omolola Williams, a passenger at the MMIA comments that although the incidents were threatening, air transport has remained a strong force to reckon with to aid easy business and connectivity. She appeals to the Nigerian aviation authorities and airlines to ensure that safety is not compromised. "I have been flying before the incident and I still fly one of these airlines because I enjoy their service. I only advice that they should work harder to ensure that incidents like these do not re-occur" Priscilla Shehu, another passenger adds.

Deputy Director, Press & Public Affairs, James Odaudu, who released a statement for the Minister of State Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, assures the aviation community of the efforts put in place to ensure safety. "Efforts are in place to continuously enhance Safety and Security in our industry in accordance with the reformation agenda of the Buhari Administration for the aviation sector."

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