The Director of Operations at Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Matthew Pwajok has explained that some foreign airlines have in recent years, avoided Nigeria’s airspace because the agency’s navigational charges are perceived to be relatively higher, when compared to what ASECNA and some other counterparts charge, thereby making the operators patronize those service providers instead of NAMA.
Explaining the trend last Thursday at the Quarterly Business Breakfast Meeting organized by Nigeria’s foremost aviation non-governmental organization (NGO), Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI at Golfview Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Pwajok said: “Since there is no regular power supply, we spend a lot handling KVA generators and maintaining some other facilities. That is why the charges are what they are.”
Pwajok added that some of those foreign airlines had also rerouted their flights to other destinations for business and operational reasons. He equally blamed their avoidance on flight delays resulting from human and other infrastructure related factors.
He however assured the audience that NAMA was already working out strategies to change the narrative in partnership with other service providers and agencies.
“We have equally written a formal letter to the authorities on VIP movement as part of efforts to ,minimize delays and reduce costs for airlines,” he said.
Theme of the event was Safety Challenges In Air Navigation And Air Traffic Services Delivery In Nigeria.