Managing Director of Belujane Konzult, and foremost aviation analyst Chris Aligbe has called for strong anti-trust laws and strict adherence to such laws to protect Nigerian carriers from malicious competition aimed at demarketing or outright removal from a route.
Aligbe made this known as a guest to Medview Airline as it announced commencement of flight operations to Gatwick in the United Kingdom.
According to Aligbe, the fact that there are no anti-trust laws allows airlines that have challenges in terms of infrastructure and fuel as well as other challenges cut down their prices ridiculously in a bid to remove another airline from the route so as not to be a competitor.
He said this was a bad practice and needed to be checked so as to protect Nigerians airlines especially those flying out of the country.
Recall that sometime in the mid-2000s, after Virgin Nigeria started flying to the United Arab Emirates, the dominant carrier on that route then Emirates, after a while crashed its air fares ridiculously and this forced the other carrier out of the market only for the prices to come back up the minute Virgin Nigeria announced it had quit the route.
This price slash did not go alone there was poor feasibility study done by the airline coupled with poor logistics as it was reported then.
Aligbe also commended the Medview Airline management for their giant strides and their ability to bring about reasonable competition to every route they fly in terms of fares, in terms of service and other indices.
He said,”take note now of the prices that are on this routes and record them and then see what happens after Medview commences operations there and then come back and tell the difference by yourselves. This airline has excelled because of the reasonable competition that it brings to the table.”
He commended the fares that the airline is flying describing it as reasonable and stated that with the wealth of experience in the Medview management team, that they would make inroad to Gatwick and sustain operations on that terminal.