Date: January 20, 2019, 02:37:46 PM
How Nigeria can become regional aviation hub, by Buhari: Travel/Tourism : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
Meanwhile, airlines’ operators have maintained that the dream of creating a Nigerian aviation hub will be difficult to realise without official support. They contend it is only the Federal Government that can make local airlines stronger and be able to compete with their foreign counterparts and reciprocate multiple Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASAs) that Nigeria signed with several countries.Currently, foreign airlines have about 80 per cent share of the Nigerian market, flying multiple destinations in the country. BASA provides for reciprocity by the number of flights and destinations reached by airlines. Nigeria, with the second largest market in Africa after South Africa, has at least 90 BASA pacts, with less than 20 serviced in return by the local carriers.
He said the indigenous airlines need the backing of the government in terms of slot negotiation, charges harmonisation and other strategies often deployed to frustrate Nigerian carriers abroad.According to him, the recent suspension of the proposed national carrier has restored confidence in private airlines and government should complete the rounds by rallying behind the flag carriers to do Nigeria proud