It’s another bad day for me in the Nigerian aviation industry because, after a plane crash, the next terrible incident for me and my colleagues is the loss of an airline for whatever reason.
When an airline suspends or ceases operations, it means different things to different people:
Their employees’ families have lost their source of income,
The airline’s supplier has lost another customer.
If the traveling population must travel, they now have few options.
Aviation agencies have lost another client who will be paying fees for landing and parking, navigation, passenger service, ticket service, and other services.
To me, an airline is like a pot of soup with a lot of mouths to feed from the beginning until its last day of existence.
However, if the airline cannot operate safely, efficiently, profitably, and in conformity with standard and operating procedures as enshrined in its operations manual and civil aviation regulations, it is appropriate for it to suspend operations or be suspended by the authorities in the interest of the safety of life and property because the loss of life is irreparable. Employees can always find another job, there will always be another airline to provide service to, and there will always be another airline to replace the one that is suspended, but the loss of life, for whatever reason, is permanent.
Despite the fact that I appear to be in a quandary, I believe the NCAA is doing an excellent job of suspending airlines that have lost the capacity to ensure safe operations until they are satisfied with their level of readiness to resume operations.
Finally, I believe that, regardless of the excuse, the airline industry will not tolerate any act of unprofessionalism in its operations. As a result, I urge all aviation stakeholders to promote professionalism and discourage unprofessionalism in the industry, because the loss of an airline affects everyone in the industry. This is a wake-up call to all airline owners and post holders: getting an AOC and starting operations is no longer enough; do you have the competence, financial capacity, and will to grow, innovate, and remain sustainable? The aviation business can only survive in a business environment where professionalism and competence are not compromised.
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God help the airline business in Nigeria.