Anxiety grips indigenous operators over plans to set up national carrier

Domestic operators are worried over plans by Federal Government to float a new national carrier .

The concern is hinged on the fear that the new airline, when actualised, could displace their multi billion naira investment in the air transport  sector.

Apart from losing their investment , investigations revealed that  the operators are anxious that they may loose their staff, mainly pilots and aircraft engineers as well as cabin crew attendants to the new airline .

Consequently, some operators are planning to infiltrate the committee set up by government to fashion modalities for the setting up the new carrier. A source hinted that some operators are strategising to convince government of the need to drop the idea of the new carrier as It could threaten their investments.

The chairman of Arik Air , Arumemi Ihkide said as much as the new airline proposed by government is welcome there is need fir a level playing field among existing operators .

He faulted the inclusion of the director general of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) Captain Mukthar Usman as a member of the committee  on the national carrier set up by government.

The Nation

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