Abuja airport closure: Airline asks for compensation

OrijoReporter.com, FirstNation Airways

FirstNation Airways has asked the Federal Government to compensation airlines over alleged losses incurred by the airlines due to the closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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The Manager in-charge of Corporate Services of the Airline, Mr. Rasheed Yusuf made this request in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday where he said FirstNation was in total support of the on-going repair of the runway and commended government’s efforts at addressing infrastructure decay, especially in the aviation sector.

However, he added that the closure of the airport had affected the operations of
the airline, adding that it informed the airline’s decision to temporary reschedule its operations.

According to him, following the closure of the airport, the airline has embarked on its crew training and other important capacity building exercise that would further raise its quality of service and enhance safety.

“It is our prayer that the government will urgently address the issue of financial compensation to airlines for losses incurred as a result of the closure with the same fort rightness being displayed with respect to the runway repair.”

He further expressed optimism that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) would continue to engage the government on how to improve the operating environment of the industry.

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