Aviation – Businessday NG https://businessday.ng Sat, 05 Dec 2020 20:51:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 185697343 US removes visa reciprocity fees for Nigeria https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/us-removes-visa-reciprocity-fees-for-nigeria/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/us-removes-visa-reciprocity-fees-for-nigeria/#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 13:25:18 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=505020 U.S visa reciprocity fees removed for NigeriaThe United States of America has announced the removal of all reciprocity fees for the non-immigrant visa categories for Nigerians. According to a release signed by the Public Affairs Section, United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, Abuja, the removal took effect from December 2, 2020. With this development, there are no reciprocity fees remaining on […]]]> U.S visa reciprocity fees removed for Nigeria

The United States of America has announced the removal of all reciprocity fees for the non-immigrant visa categories for Nigerians.

According to a release signed by the Public Affairs Section, United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, Abuja, the removal took effect from December 2, 2020.

With this development, there are no reciprocity fees remaining on any visa class for Nigerian nationals.

The release further noted that all non-immigrant visa applicants are still required to pay the $160 non-refundable MRV fee at the time of application. However, reciprocity fees paid prior to December 3, 2020 are not refundable.

Explaining the reason for the removal, the US authority in Abuja said it was in response to the Nigerian government’s removal of additional fees on US citizens applying for Nigerian visas.

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Air Peace receives another aircraft from maintenance https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/air-peace-receives-another-aircraft-from-maintenance/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/air-peace-receives-another-aircraft-from-maintenance/#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 11:55:11 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=504985 Air Peace gets new B737 to increase servicesThe Management of Air Peace has announced the arrival of one of its aircraft, a Boeing 737, which has been undergoing C-Check Maintenance in Europe. The aircraft, with registration number 5N-BUO, arrived Lagos on Friday. In a statement by the management of Air Peace, this is the third aircraft to arrive from Europe after undergoing […]]]> Air Peace gets new B737 to increase services

The Management of Air Peace has announced the arrival of one of its aircraft, a Boeing 737, which has been undergoing C-Check Maintenance in Europe. The aircraft, with registration number 5N-BUO, arrived Lagos on Friday.

In a statement by the management of Air Peace, this is the third aircraft to arrive from Europe after undergoing comprehensive maintenance checks, adding that a good number of its aircraft were flown to different countries for varying levels of maintenance during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have started coming back.

“Just early last month, we received one of our 50-seat capacity Embraer 145 Jets, with registration number 5N-BVD, from maintenance.

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“As the Yuletide draws nearer, we promise our teeming customers that more aircraft on maintenance will arrive and we shall increase our frequencies to selected routes while resuming other destinations which we temporarily stopped flying to.

“We also use this medium to apologise to our customers for the flight disruptions they may have experienced. But be assured that the situation is fast improving as these aircraft return from maintenance,” the statement added.

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Arik Air resumes operations after resolution with unions https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/arik-air-resumes-operations-after-resolution-with-unions/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/arik-air-resumes-operations-after-resolution-with-unions/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2020 15:14:38 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=504555 Arik Air fleet receives massive boost, set for Christmas seasonThe management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has announced the immediate resumption of normal flight operations following the resolution of the impasse with the National Association of Air Transport Employees (NUATE). “All our afternoon and evening flights for Friday, 04 December 2020, will be operating. Subsequent flights will also operate as scheduled,” Adebanji Ola, manager, […]]]> Arik Air fleet receives massive boost, set for Christmas season

The management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has announced the immediate resumption of normal flight operations following the resolution of the impasse with the National Association of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).

“All our afternoon and evening flights for Friday, 04 December 2020, will be operating. Subsequent flights will also operate as scheduled,” Adebanji Ola, manager, PR & communications, Arik Air, said in a statement.

“Once again, we apologise to all our valued customers for the disruption to their travel plans on Thursday and Friday and assure them that the incessant union unrest has finally been put behind us. Passengers with tickets who could not fly on the days of the disruption can modify such tickets at no extra cost to travel at any time,” Ola said.

The unions had on Thursday and Friday picketed the operations of Arik Air after the airline declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations. This arose from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs.
“It is important to note that over 50 percent of Arik Air’s workforce of over 1,600 staff have been on furlough in the past six months on a base allowance. Decisions to let go of staff is naturally a difficult decision. Arik Air wishes the impacted staff well in their future endeavours,” Ola had said in an earlier statement.

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Lufthansa resumes flights to Nigeria connecting Lagos and Abuja https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/lufthansa-resumes-flights-to-nigeria-connecting-lagos-and-abuja/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/lufthansa-resumes-flights-to-nigeria-connecting-lagos-and-abuja/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2020 09:55:54 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=504347 LufthansaThe first Lufthansa flight after an eight months suspension arrived in Lagos on Thursday, 03 December 2020. Lufthansa offers in December up to eight weekly departures scheduled from Lagos and Abuja Airports to Frankfurt. Safety and hygiene on board remain a top priority. On 03 December 2020, Lufthansa again welcomed its passengers at Lagos airport […]]]> Lufthansa

The first Lufthansa flight after an eight months suspension arrived in Lagos on Thursday, 03 December 2020.

Lufthansa offers in December up to eight weekly departures scheduled from Lagos and Abuja Airports to Frankfurt. Safety and hygiene on board remain a top priority.

On 03 December 2020, Lufthansa again welcomed its passengers at Lagos airport on board of its resumed nonstop flight from Frankfurt, Germany.

After having suspended its flight operations to Nigeria eight months ago following the travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lufthansa is back to Nigeria as the travel restrictions to Nigeria have just being lifted.

The leading German carrier will offer up to five weekly departures from Lagos to Frankfurt and starting on 08 December also connect the capital Abuja with three weekly departures.

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All long-haul flights depart from Nigeria in the evening as overnight flights, arriving in Lufthansa’s main hub Frankfurt in the early morning. This allows all passengers from Nigeria to get the full choice of connecting flights to European, American and Asian destinations, leaving all from the same terminal 1.

‘’Lufthansa always was and will stay dedicated to Nigeria, one of our key markets in Africa. As we have received the final permission to reopen our flight operations, we are happy to be the first airline to reconnect Nigeria directly to the centre of Europe and onwards to all other continents.

“We offer a considerable number of flights to the US and Canada, allowing our Nigerian guests to have family members and friends again at reach throughout the world. Health and safety continue to be our top priority and we are committed to maintaining strict adherence to hygiene regulations for all our flights,” Adenike Macaulay, General Manager Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea Lufthansa Group Airlines said.

Lufthansa flight LH568, Frankfurt to Lagos, serviced by an Airbus 330-300, offers passengers seats in all three classes, including Business Class and Premium Economy Class.

After its arrival in Lagos, this service will continue to Malabo /Equatorial Guinea. The nonstop flight will commence with three weekly departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to be increased to five weekly frequencies every day except Tuesdays and Sundays. The return flight will be scheduled on the same days of operations reaching Frankfurt only after six hours flight.

LH594 will be the flight number for the resumed connection between Frankfurt and Abuja with three weekly departures.

An Airbus 330-300 connects the Nigerian capital to the financial centre of Germany, Frankfurt, also with seats in three classes.

Finally, it is planned that this flight will also resume service to Port Harcourt; however, this onward flight is not yet confirmed until the airport is reopened.

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Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/arik-air-management-declares-300-staff-redundant/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/arik-air-management-declares-300-staff-redundant/#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:42:14 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=504305 An airplaneThe management of Arik Air (In Receivership) says it has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations. This is arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, and stunted revenues against […]]]> An airplane

The management of Arik Air (In Receivership) says it has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.

This is arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, and stunted revenues against increasing operational costs.

Adebanji Ola, manager, PR & communications, in a statement said the leadership of the impacted unions have been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.

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“It is important to note that over 50 percent of Arik Air’s workforce of over 1,600 staff have been on furlough in the past six months on a base allowance,” Ola said in the statement.

“Decisions to let go of staff is naturally a difficult decision. Arik Air wishes the impacted staff well in their future endeavours,” he added.

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COVID-19: Why urgent bailout is key to airlines’ survival https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/covid-19-why-urgent-bailout-is-key-to-airlines-survival/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/covid-19-why-urgent-bailout-is-key-to-airlines-survival/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:26:33 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=503820 #EndSARS protest: Domestic airlines announce flight resumptionWhile airlines continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 which affected their operations during the lockdown and is still affecting them by way of passenger traffic and depleting fleet size, their woes have been further compounded by high foreign exchange rate. Since the resumption of domestic flight operations in July, after the airports were shut […]]]> #EndSARS protest: Domestic airlines announce flight resumption

While airlines continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 which affected their operations during the lockdown and is still affecting them by way of passenger traffic and depleting fleet size, their woes have been further compounded by high foreign exchange rate.

Since the resumption of domestic flight operations in July, after the airports were shut down to contain the spread of COVID-19, airlines have been struggling due to a slowing economy and naira depreciating, resulting in increase in cost of operations and services.

Airlines buy spare parts, lease planes and sometimes pay service providers in dollars but are paid in naira for tickets sold to passengers. The depreciation of the naira has since forced them to increase airfares to cushion the effect of the naira to dollar variations on their operations.

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, had said that the aviation sector is the most hit by the coronavirus pandemic, saying many airlines won’t survive the crisis.

Airline operators disclosed that over 120 aircraft are parked at various airports across the country, with airlines required to pay accumulated cost on leased aircraft, staff salaries, allowances for crew, parking and maintenance fees, and recurrent training.

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It is for these obvious reasons that experts have called on the government to make available urgent substantial bailouts for the airline or many airlines may go under in a few months or years.

Countries provide bailouts for its airlines

Several countries have had to devise various measures to help airlines recover from losses resulting from the impact of COVID-19.

For instance, President Trump signed a historic $2.2 trillion stimulus bill into law on March 27 which includes $61 billion in relief for the airline industry. The relief package includes a combination of direct grants and loans for the airlines, with the grants conditioned on the discretion of the government to take an ownership stake.

The Australian aviation industry received a $715m relief package, as the federal government waives a range of fees to help support the sector, reeling from the effects of the coronavirus and associated travel restrictions.

The package will see the government waive fees including aviation fuel excise, Airservices charges on domestic airline operations and domestic and regional aviation security charges.

Cathay Pacific and other Hong Kong-based airlines will gain substantial financial benefits from a new COVID-19 aid package unveiled by the government.

Direct relief includes subsidies based on aircraft fleet size. An airline will receive HK$1 million ($129,000) for every large aircraft registered in Hong Kong, and HK$200,000 for every small aircraft. The aviation measures are part of a HK$138 billion stimulus package for the broader economy announced late on April 8.

Why domestic airlines should also get support

In light of these realities and taking a cue from what other countries have done to keep their airlines alive, Nigerian airlines should therefore not be alienated from a bailout.

There have been arguments for and against a bailout for domestic airlines based on past support that did not yield the desired results.

It is alleged that business owners and promoters diverted the funds to other areas against the funding objective. However, many of these past airlines that benefited thereof are now moribund.

Experts have therefore suggested that rather than deny airlines a substantial bailout at this critical time, a proper bailout structure should be put in place for eligible airlines to benefit from.

The federal government has approved a N4 billion bailout fund for domestic airlines to mitigate the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic on them.

However, experts say this sum is meagre as domestic airlines alone owed about N22 billion to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and had lost N360 billion as a result of the pandemic.

Olumide Ohunayo, an aviation analyst told BusinessDay that bailouts are supposed to stabilise the economy, the industry and the airlines, adding that giving the airlines bailouts does not mean it is for the airline alone as airlines cannot operate on their own.

Ohunayo said bailouts should also be extended to service providers, the tourism sector and ground handlers amongst others who are all part of the value chain.

He said the support for the airline is one that would sustain the industry, will save the value chain and the passengers, so that the passengers will be able to fly again.

“When there are no airlines, no one can fly. The fewer the seats, the higher the fares. When the fares get high, passengers cannot travel and when passengers cannot travel, you begin to kill the economy. We need movement to jump start the economy back to pre-COVID. Bailouts will in the long run enable people to move goods and services.

“Not all airlines will survive without a palliative. Those that will survive, will have to cut down on frequencies and capacity/aircraft size due to the paucity of funds and lack of liquidity. The economy is just picking up. We need to encourage the airlines to begin to increase capacity and frequencies and this can only be done when they have access money,” he added.

Other forms of palliatives for airlines

Olumide Ohunayo told Business that aside from providing monetary bailout, the government can work with the banks to put a moratorium on all outstanding debts, interest rates, loans and principals for about one year to help airlines recover quickly.

Ohunayo also suggested that the government can also look at the interest rate for those applying for fresh loans. “The government can help subsidise the interest rate. These are some areas the government can assist. IATA has advised governments across the world to work together and push more for the certification, testing and vaccination rather than quarantine, which is killing the spirit of travel,” he added.

Seyi Adewale, the chief executive officer of Mainstream Cargo Limited told BusinessDay that the primary objective of government’s support and bailout is to discourage sacking of workers in the first instance and to ensure economic sustainability.

“The more important role of aviation and airline in particular is that they are business catalysts. Efficient airline operations and connectivity ensures business efficiency and growth. Alternative means of transportation are in dire straits due to bad roads, insecurity, slow speed, amongst others. Aviation remains the fastest, safest and best means of transportation,” Adewale said.

He hinted that after the bailouts are given to airlines, if the government is determined, recoveries would be made through several debt recovery strategies and this will discourage potential future beneficiaries from diverting funds or carelessly applying for bailout funds.

Creating proper bailout structure

To avoid business owners and promoters from diverting bailout funds to areas against the funding objective, experts have suggested proper bailout structures.

Seyi Adewale listed some requirement to be made before bailout funds are approved to include management accounts, Profit and Loss (P&L) Accounts, valid Air Operating Certificate (AOC) and training certificates, number of retained staff versus total staff, number of serviceable aircrafts versus fleet, performance guarantee to ensure funds are channelled to area approved under funding, payroll structure and last payroll.

Olumide Ohunayo also hinted that the government will need to set out criteria for the airlines to bid for these palliatives, as not all airlines should benefit from the bailout.

Ohunayo said operators who abused past privileges should be made to pay their outstanding debts before they are allowed to participate in a fresh one.

“Not everyone would benefit from the bailout funds. Those who have not collected before and those who have collected and have been paying back outstanding debts gradually should qualify for the palliatives. Airlines earn their money in naira while they buy spare parts and pay for operational cost in dollars.

“The high exchange rate is a big hit on the bottom line for them and a window for forex should be open for the airlines. Non-scheduled operators are not supposed to benefit from the bailout fund. The schedule operators, the airports and other value chains are critical. Airlines should also be given moratorium on fixed charges for the period operations were not available. The airports with low traffic need to cut down costs of operation. The government should subsidise charges in these airports,” he explained.

Airlines continue to drive economy, provide jobs

As experts have earlier stated, airlines more than ever before need bailouts and support from the government because they continue to drive economic activities and provide jobs.

For instance, Air Peace, the most stable of the airlines, accounts for about 40 percent of the 2018 total passengers on the local front.

Today Air Peace has over 3,000 direct employees and has created over 6,000 indirect jobs for Nigerians.

Air Peace placed a firm order for 10 brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft. The order comprises purchase rights for another 20 E195-E2 jets and 124-seater jet in dual class and 146-seater jet in single class configurations. With all purchase rights exercised, the contract is valued at N640.5 billion ($2.12 billion) based on current prices.

The carrier also ordered 10 brand new aircraft from Boeing, increasing its fleet size then to 37 aircraft. With the new order, Air Peace’s fleet size has increased to 67.

These fleets will be helping boost economic activities by facilitating movement of people from one state or one country to another.

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NCAA cautions pilots, airlines over adverse weather conditions https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/ncaa-cautions-pilots-airlines-over-adverse-weather-conditions/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/ncaa-cautions-pilots-airlines-over-adverse-weather-conditions/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:15:06 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=503403 NCAAThe Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued Advisory Circular to caution Pilots, Airline Operators and others on severe dust haze/fog phenomenon prevalent in Nigerian airports. This adverse weather condition expected occurrence is to subsist from October in the far North; November over the North Central; and December over the Southern part of the country. […]]]> NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued Advisory Circular to caution Pilots, Airline Operators and others on severe dust haze/fog phenomenon prevalent in Nigerian airports.

This adverse weather condition expected occurrence is to subsist from October in the far North; November over the North Central; and December over the Southern part of the country.

In addition, early morning fog may also be experienced in the months ahead especially along the coastal areas in the South.

With the issuance of this circular signed by Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, the NCAA-AEROMET-29 of August 2020 is accordingly cancelled.

The NCAA said this weather advisory circular is necessary to bring forth the evolving weather information to the attention of all stakeholders who need to perform their roles.

“Therefore, to ensure safe and efficient flight operations during this period, Pilots, Operators and Air Traffic Controllers Pilots are directed to observe series of responsibilities enumerated below forthwith:

“Flight Crews/Operators and Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) shall be conversant with each aerodrome weather minima and ensure strict adherence to the requirements;

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“Air Traffic Controllers may temporarily close airspace when hazardous weather conditions such as heavy fog or severe dust haze reducing the visibility to below airport operating minimal are observed or forecasted by Nimet;

“Pilots/Flight Crew Members shall obtain adequate departure, en-route and destination weather information and briefing from Nimet Aerodrome Offices prior to flight operations; and

“Pilots shall exercise maximum restraint whenever adverse weather is observed or forecast by Nimet and briefed passengers accordingly. Travelling public are however urged to exercise restraint and show understanding in this yuletide month as flights may be delayed or cancelled on account of weather situations.

“From the foregoing, the regulatory authority will expect strict compliance to this Advisory Circular as violation would be viewed seriously”, a statement signed by Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesman said.

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Emirates offers historic $500,000 multi-risk travel protection coverage https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/emirates-offers-historic-500000-multi-risk-travel-protection-coverage/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/emirates-offers-historic-500000-multi-risk-travel-protection-coverage/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:51:23 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=502900 emirates AirlinesEmirates customers can now plan their travels and fly with even greater assurance and peace of mind, with the airline’s latest industry-first initiative to provide expanded, multi-risk travel cover on top of its current COVID-19 cover. Provided by Emirates at no additional cost to its customers, and provided by AIG Travel, this cover is the […]]]> emirates Airlines

Emirates customers can now plan their travels and fly with even greater assurance and peace of mind, with the airline’s latest industry-first initiative to provide expanded, multi-risk travel cover on top of its current COVID-19 cover.

Provided by Emirates at no additional cost to its customers, and provided by AIG Travel, this cover is the first of its kind in the airline and travel insurance industry. It is designed to provide all Emirates passengers a truly unique offer for stress-free and hassle-free travel.

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This new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover will automatically apply to all Emirates tickets purchased from 1 December, and extends to Emirates codeshare flights operated by partner airlines, as long as the ticket number starts with 176. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive said: “Emirates was the first airline to offer complimentary global COVID-19 cover for travellers back in July, and the response from our customers has been tremendously encouraging. We’ve not rested on our laurels and instead continued to look at how we can offer our customers an even better proposition. We’re very pleased to be able to now provide this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover, which is another industry first, to all our customers. “we see a strong appetite for travel around the world, especially heading into the winter holidays as people seek warmer climates and family destinations like Dubai. By launching this new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover, we aim to give our customers even more confidence in making their travel plans this winter and moving into 2021.”

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Our complete fleet renewal plan is still on course – Dana Air https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/our-complete-fleet-renewal-plan-is-still-on-course-dana-air/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/our-complete-fleet-renewal-plan-is-still-on-course-dana-air/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:07:13 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=502872 Dana Air, one of Nigeria’s foremost domestic airlines has assured that its complete fleet renewal plan is still on course. In an interview with BusinessDay, Obi Mbanuzuo, the accountable manager, Dana Air said before the lockdown, the big thing was to do a complete fleet renewal as the 737s the airline acquired were just a […]]]>

Dana Air, one of Nigeria’s foremost domestic airlines has assured that its complete fleet renewal plan is still on course. In an interview with BusinessDay, Obi Mbanuzuo, the accountable manager, Dana Air said before the lockdown, the big thing was to do a complete fleet renewal as the 737s the airline acquired were just a stop-gap, adding this plan is still on course but was delayed as a result of the pandemic.

“We were looking at a complete fleet renewal but the pandemic, which has affected market dynamics, has meant that we put some things on hold. For now, we are trying to conserve cash, and keep giving customers’ confidence so as to increase capacity and patronage.

“We need an average of 65 percent load factor to break even. The more we keep giving people confidence to come and fly, the more we are able to break even. By next year, we should see some major improvements. We are just trying to be consistent, conserve cash and stay alive,” Mbanuzuo said.

He said the airline has continued to comply strictly with the COVID-19 protocol set out by the federal government.

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“Even before the COVID era, we had quality control. So long as we have that quality control that is working, we just know that everything will fall in place. The regulator, in conjunction with port health and the airlines have put in procedures for protection of passengers. We have taken those procedures and we have incorporated them into our procedures.

“We have quality control that makes sure that the procedure is done every day and every time irrespective of who is watching or who is not watching. For instance, there is a rule that says on a row of three passengers, the middle passenger should have a face shield and that face shield will be provided by the airline.

“Initially we were the only airline doing that. We have quality control for how we operate, so once we put that COVID-19 procedure into our normal operations, it will always be there,” the Dana boss explained.

Speaking on policies the government needs to put in place to help grow the aviation sector, Mbanuzuo said the problem is that the government has been very bureaucratic and needs to make things easier.

He said that the airline is a business and having to go through several processes to get things done shouldn’t be so.

“For instance, when we want to import our aircraft we have to go through many processes just to import an aircraft. Apart from palliatives, we need to implement the ease of doing business we hear every day. Passengers have had to feel several forms when they travel. We need to get them done easily. They need to work on visa processes for foreigners coming in. There are better ways to work out things and make them easier,” he explained.

He hinted the high dollar exchange rate has also impacted the airline business.

“The naira was about N360 to a dollar before lockdown, but now it is about N450 to a dollar. Our tickets are sold in naira but the spare parts, the leased airplanes, the insurance and many more are paid in foreign currency. We don’t have access to foreign exchange at the official rate. When we get foreign exchange, there is limitation on how much can be paid on a daily basis,” he added.

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FCM Travel Solutions, Nigeria supports motherless babies’ home, Lekki https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/fcm-travel-solutions-nigeria-supports-motherless-babies-home-lekki/ https://businessday.ng/aviation/article/fcm-travel-solutions-nigeria-supports-motherless-babies-home-lekki/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2020 09:00:06 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=502485 FCM Travel SolutionsFCM Travels Solutions Nigeria, a global provider of travel management services with presence in over 95 countries, has delighted children and employees of the Lions Village Motherless Babies Home, Lekki, Lagos with a visit. The motherless babies’ home which is home to over 57 children was created to provide care and protection for abandoned, abused, […]]]> FCM Travel Solutions

FCM Travels Solutions Nigeria, a global provider of travel management services with presence in over 95 countries, has delighted children and employees of the Lions Village Motherless Babies Home, Lekki, Lagos with a visit.

The motherless babies’ home which is home to over 57 children was created to provide care and protection for abandoned, abused, orphaned, and homeless children recovered around Lagos State, Nigeria.

Speaking of FCM’s contribution to the orphanage home, Adejoju Sikuade, the Head of Business, FCM Travel Solutions, Nigeria, noted that the donation was in commemoration of this year’s World Food Day and to as well celebrate this year’s World Children’s Day.

“The year 2020 has been very eventful, the COVID-19 pandemic affected virtually every aspect of our lives and so we have decided to reach out to those who may have been negatively impacted by this,” Adejoju said.

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“Our visit to the Lions Village Motherless Baby Home is in commemoration of the World Food’s Day and the World Children’s Day which was celebrated recently.

“We are well aware that donations to orphanage homes and many other institutions that rely largely on support from the public may have dwindled drastically, hence, this has spurred us to action. Our donation is also a contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2 which is to achieve zero hunger by 2030,” Adejoju added.

While thanking the FCM Travel Solutions Nigeria team for its kind gesture, Adebayo Funmilayo one of the Social Workers at the orphanage said: “On behalf of the Management, Staff, and Children of the home, we use this medium to express our gratitude to you for your donation to the children. Your company’s demonstration of compassion and thoughtfulness has indeed made a positive difference in the well-being of our children.”

Funmilayo added that the pandemic caused a huge decline in the number of donors as they were probably also hit by the pandemic. She thus called on kind Lagosians and donors to please remember the orphanage in cash and kind.

FCM Travel Solutions Nigeria donated foodstuff and relief materials to the Motherless Babies Home. This will help in supporting the feeding of the children at the orphanage, many of whom have suffered from issues associated with poverty.

In total, the orphanage helps more than 57 children ranging from just a few days old up to 14 years of age.

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