Managing Director, Med-view Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole [left] being presented
with the IATA Operational and Safety Audit, IOSA, certificate from the IATA Regional
Manager, West Africa, Mr. Samson Fatokun at the airline’s corporate headquarters in
Lagos recently. With them from left include Engr Lookman Animashaun, Executive
Director, Technical, Capt Godfrey Ogbogu, Head, Flight Operations and Ewemade
Atake, Aviation Solutions Manager, IATA
The Managing Director of Med-View Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole has called on the Federal Government to show more supports to existing indigenous carriers in order to help them remain in the air.
This is even as he said that with the current unfriendly situation in the industry and the country at large, there is no airline that is beyond collapse.
Speaking at the presentation of the International Air Transport Association, IATA, Operational Safety Audit, IOSA, certificate to the airline at its headquarters in Lagos last week,Bankole decried what he called multiple and enormous charges imposed on the carriers by agencies and companies operating in the sector.
According to him, some of the charges are landing and parking, en route, fuel surcharge, Passenger Service Charge, PSC, Ticket Sales Charge, TSC, Value Added Tax, VAT, and navigational service charge among several others.
Bankole explained that the charges should be harmonised by the various agencies and companies in order to help the carriers stay afloat.
Apart from this, he also lamented the price of Jet A1, otherwise known as aviation fuel in the local parlance.
He emphasised that the productthat was barely N98 per litre about a year ago, has grown to between N204 and N240 per litre depending on the airport an airline is buying from.
He also mentioned the free-fall of naira against major foreign currencies especially the dollar as another challenge that is facing the carriers, saying that the industry is dollarized while none of aircraft spare parts is manufactured in the country.
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