IF information uncovered by NigerianFLIGHTDECK is real, there may a some of of repeat of history as there are plans to reserve the old international wings of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International and Murtala Muhammed International Airports for operations of the new national carrier, Nigeria Air when birthed.
Feelers coming from a closed door meeting with the transaction advisers have indicated as much and this has taken the mind back to 2005-2008 when Virgin Nigeria operated from the international airport thereby causing a ruckus among domestic operators until a reversal was ordered.
The Nigerian government had demanded the airline move its domestic operations to the domestic terminal at Lagos, Terminal 2.
Despite Virgin Nigeria’s protesting against the move, its operations were moved without its consent, leading to a series of events that made the virgin group divest interest from the entity.
Presently airlines operating from the MMIA have been crammed into small spaces, case in point Air Peace in 2018 complained that it has on numerous occasions asked for space and that has been denied it while foreign airlines get the best spaces despite these airlines investments in millions to keep the sector.
Head, Research Zenith Travels, Mr. Olumide Ohunayo who spoke to our correspondent said:
“If we want to forget history, history has away of coming after you. I think it was one of the request the Virgin group put in a clause for the Virgin Nigeria and thereafter, afte the reign of president Obasanjo the airlines came together pressured the government and and asked that all stakeholders be on equal leff V election field and everyone should move back to the local airport.Arik was able to push to join Virgin then but everybody was pushed back to the local airport to give everybody a level playing field.
“If we also want to start with that movement what happens when a new government comes in 2023 and then we go back and start the same thing all over again. We should learn our lessons all other airlines are also Nigerian and a level playing field must be given to all.Nobody should be given undue advantage.”