Operators within the Nigerian air area have witnessed a number of difficulties because of some operational challenges, precipitated by what most of them describe as an unfriendly enterprise setting.
While among the challenges like shortage of foreign exchange and excessive upkeep price are nonetheless creating holes in operators’ pockets, a lot of the airways have made smarter strikes to scale back a few of their operational prices.
This was disclosed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and the airways. According to its Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, the airways have re-strategised through the use of cost-effective plane for enterprise.
He stated, “Already, there is a paradigm shift. People are beginning to realise you can’t use Boeing 737 aircraft for short flights. I can see Air Peace has got an E-195, and he plans to replace all the B737 in the long term. United Nigeria is using Embraer 145. Green Africa is using ATR 42, 72.
“There is one that has started processing its documents; he wants to use Embraer 145. Chanchangi wants to come back and they want to use ATR. The demand is there. The thinking is changing because this B737 business is not working for us. It is going to take a while but it is a positive change in the industry.”
Green Africa, NG Eagle undertake cheaper means
Green Africa Airways, NG Eagle and different airways developing are already pondering smarter than their counterparts, as a few of them have adopted cheaper administrative prices.
Instead of organising glamorous places of work in main industrial cities throughout the nation like some older airways, the brand new ones have determined to solely arrange places of work in a couple of cities.
They plan to open places of work in Lagos and Abuja, whereas they function by contract brokers, who would earn commissions on patrons, throughout different cities.
A supply in Green Africa who prefers anonymity informed Nairametrics that the airline didn’t plan to make use of greater than 15 employees throughout the nation.
“We are only employing less than 20 direct staff but will get more contract staff to do more work. Most of the other jobs will be outsourced. The era of employing scores of staff and paying them fortunes for the same jobs agents and temporary workers can do is gone. To survive during difficult times, we must implement certain measures,” the supply revealed.
When will the sector come out of the woods?
One of the key challenges irritating operators is the price of sustaining their plane, particularly as they need to fly them to Europe for servicing.
To deal with this, the NCAA boss stated the federal government was engaged on organising a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul hanger (MRO) in Nigeria.
He stated, “You know airlines go to Europe for maintenance, but when we have MRO, it creates employment. You just roll in your aircraft and do your maintenance in there in Naira.
You don’t have to go to CBN looking for $100,000. It takes you six to seven biddings and your aircraft is on ground for two months while you are waiting for money. These are part of the processes and strategies that are being put together to help the industry grow.”
What you must learn about airline operations
Every week in the past, Nairametrics reported that the Nigerian Aviation sector had witnessed the nice, the dangerous and the ugly. It had modified from a sector that might boast of about 40 energetic home airways, to an ailing sector with solely 23 energetic home airways.
A large number of them both folded up because of operational strain or had been taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) because of illiquidity.
Some of the challenges are lack of fine company governance, bailout funds, unfriendly enterprise setting, excessive price and nature of upkeep, amongst others.