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Airlines Spend N100m To Maintain Aircraft Abroad

Posted: Jun 9, 2015 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe –  Lagos


Airlines in Nigeria spend about $500,000 (N99. 4million) to carry out heavy maintenance such as C check on one aircraft overseas every 18 months.  Such huge funds should have been retained to create jobs for the teeming aviation professionals if an aircraft maintenance centre was set up in Nigeria.

Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, called on the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)to review the mandatory 18 months timeline given  Airline operators to carry out C- check  on all aircraft operating in Nigeria . He said the rule was due for review and that NCAA has to do something about it.

Domestic airlines operating in Nigeria maintain their aircraft in Brazil, United States, Ethiopia, Turkey, Moroco and South Africa.

Bothered by the huge capital flight caused by maintaining airplanes outside Nigeria, he said it was time government granted approval to some domestic carriers to set up their aircraft maintenance hangar to create jobs and enhance indigenous skills in aeronautical engineering.

He added that the maintenance is always paid for in dollars. “It is not every part of the aircraft that would be due for change. On every C- check you spend not less than $500,000 on a single airplane. If you have several aircraft, whether you fly the aircraft or not you will have to spend over N500, 000. Anytime we take the aircraft abroad, people at the maintenance centre used to laugh at Nigeria,” he said.