The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has called on the government to encourage private sector investment and create conducive environment for operation of industry investors.
Chairman of AON, Capt. Nogie Meggison who made this call said: “Like what operates in advanced countries of the world, what Nigeria needs are strong private airlines that are allowed to operate in a friendly operational environment with a level playing field and policies that ensure their survival.”
“Today, Air Peace is Nigeria’s largest airline operator with 30 aircraft. The Airline has acquired four (4) B777 with ten (10) B737Max on order. Medview has gotten B777 and B767, while Azman Air just received an Airbus 340. These are huge positive steps and the biggest growth in Africa this quarter that needs government support, better infrastructure, low interest rates, fewer levies, better runway landing aids among others as well as encouragement,” he said.
He further urged the government to “engage with the private sector with transparency on how to position Nigeria as the Hub for Africa to take advantage of our God given gift of geographical location the same way we did with oil in the Niger Delta to create jobs for our alien youths and make aviation a major economic contributor to our GDP and a serious replacement of our dependence on oil alone.”