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Airlines lose N500m to traffic controllers’ warning strike

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe Correspondent, Lagos


Domestic Airlines may have lost about N500 million to the six hours warning strike embarked on by the Air Traffic Controllers (ATC), one of the professional bodies in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

The Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Barrister Allen Onyema, while speaking on the issue, said that the airline lost N25 million to the warning strike.

Onyema said that there was no prior warning before the group embarked on the strike and that the passengers were already seated inside the airline’s three early morning flights before the information got to the pilot

According to him, “This ATC strike has caused Air Peace today over N25,000,000 in losses. First of all, we didn’t have a pre-warning that this was coming. Air Peace, being an on-time departure exponent, had checked in and boarded passengers into three of our early morning flights from Lagos to Abuja, Lagos to Owerri and Lagos to Enugu. Passengers were already seated on these planes before our pilots realised that the towers were on strike.”

He disclosed that all the airline’s 22 flights were disrupted but that flight operations later resumed at 1p.m

“All our 22 flights were disrupted. Flight operations resumed at about 1p.m,” he said.

He said that the airline’s Owerri – Abuja flight was also affected in this manner, while all other flights were massively delayed and affected.

The Chief Executive officer, however, said that the airline had to resume operations after the strike was called off to alleviate the suffering of its passengers.

“However, we did all our flights for the day as we were bent on alleviating the sufferings of our teeming customers and, as such, didn’t want to carry over today’s flights to the next day which may cause further disruptions,” he said.

Contacted on the number of Arik Air flight that were affected, the airline’s spokesman, Mr. Ola Adebanji, said that it affected a lot of the airline’s flight but that he could not give any figure, a statement, which by implication, means that the financial loss is huge.

Though the airline did not state the amount it lost, it is believed that Arik Air may have lost about N150 million as it operates more than 120 flights per day. Aero could not be reached for comment but it is believed that it may have lost about 100million to the incident.

Other airlines that were affected include Dana, First Nation, Azman , Overland Airways

as well as Medview Airlines and may have also lost millions of naira to the strike.

The General Manager, Public Affairs, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Olajumoke Adetona, stated that the ATC action only affected local flights as international flights were not affected, adding that the relevant authorities have been in consultation with ATCs on their agitation for enhanced welfare.