Bi- Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) on Monday asked the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) to restore its approval for commencement of regional flights from the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two ( MMA2).
Speaking yesterday after a tour of facilities at the terminal, its Chief Operating Officer, Captain Jari Williams said the firm had committed huge investment into the upgrade of facilities at the terminal for the planned operations.
He said BASL was getting worried why NCAA had twice given approval for the commencement of regional flights from MMA2, only to withdraw it at the last minutes.
He said the terminal was fully mobilized for regional flights operations as it had upgraded facilities to ensure that domestic flights do not mix with regional operations .
He faulted claims in some quarters that a terminal such as MMA2 is not supposed to operate regional flights from the same facility where domestic operations take place saying that is the fashion in other parts of the world.
Williams said the right facilitation equipment had been procured to make the operations seamless as they were only waiting for NCAA’s approval.
He said BASL management had engaged security agencies including Nigerian Immigration Services, Nigerian Customs Services, NDLEA, Department of State Services and others on its readiness for regional flights .
Williams said BASL had engaged financial institutions including UBA Bank to open a kiosk at the regional flights section of MMA2, for passengers who need to exchange foreign currencies.
Williams said: “There is no harm in operating regional flights from the same terminal. Those saying MMA2 should not handle regional flights because it is running domestic operations should think out of the box”.
He said BASL had lost 50 per cent of its projected revenue due largely by non-approval to operate regional flights as well as failure by government to grant the company exclusive rights over all flights from Lagos from its terminal.
Williams said: “NCAA granted us approval twice to commence regional flights, we went ahead to spend millions of naira in readiness for the operation, only for the NCAA to withdraw approval. We are therefore calling on NCAA to restore the approval so that MMA2, can be fully operational” .
He assured that the terminal managers will comply with the executive order issued by Federal Government to facilitate the ease of doing business for arriving foreigners at the terminal.