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Most state-owned airports built without economic decisions – Ex-Nigeria Airways Spokesman

Most of the state-owned airports were constructed without economic decisions but with political decisions.

This was the view of the former General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Chris Aligbe in an interview with Naijaonpoint.

Aligbe said that inasmuch as airport construction was good for the country and would enhance connectivity among the travelling public, most of the promoters of such projects never considered economic benefits.

He said that the absence of economic benefits had deprived the states of revenues they ought to have generated from the infrastructure as most of the aerodromes were not integrated into the aviation sector plan.

He said that this decision made most of the state-owned airports unviable, irrespective of the resources spent on them by the State governments.

Speaking on Nigerian airlines operating international routes, Aligbe warned they may not survive as a point-to-point carrier.

He pointed out that any Nigerian airline flying international routes would continue to lose money unless they partner or codeshare with foreign airlines.

For instance, Aligbe said they must be a part of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) clearing house for them to make headway in their operations, stressing that delays and cancellations of flights would also discourage foreign airlines from partnering with indigenous airlines.

He recalled that the defunct national carrier, Nigeria Airways was removed from the IATA clearing house due to huge indebtedness.