Why we chose MMA2 as our base ….Med-View Airlines
By Oyise OGHENE
LAGOS: The newest airline in Nigeria’s aviation industry, Med-View Airlines, at the weekend, explained why it chose the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos, as its operational base.
The airline, which began operation on Thursday, last week, after a colourful ceremony at MMA2 attended by several prominent Nigerians, said although some other options were considered for its operational base at the initial stage, it settled for MMA2 because of the “efficient facilities that you people have”.
Managing Director of Med-View Airlines, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, told the management team of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of MMA2, that the advantages and disadvantages of the different offers they got to use as a base were considered before they finally decided that they would operate from MMA2.
According to him, “having paid several visits to the terminals to see all the facilities on ground, my management team concluded that it is only MMA2 that can offer the kind of high quality services we need. We are thrilled by the clean and organized environment that you people have turned the terminal into.
“The kind of crowd we are expecting to patronize our services can only be accommodated at MMA2. That is why we have the biggest office by any airline at the terminal. We are ready to be a good tenant. We promise that we would not disappoint you; we would not disappoint Nigerians”.
Responding, the Chief Executive Officer of BASL, Christopher Penninck, assured the airline that MMA2 was prepared to render the best services to Med-View, as well as any other airline that may want to operate from the terminal.
Penninck also promised to sustain the clean environment of the terminal and the facilities “so that it would always be the centre of attraction to Nigerians and foreigners alike”.
Present at the ceremony were the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu, Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, Managing Director of the Skypower Aviation Handling company (SAHCOL), Mr Olu Owolabi, Chief Operating Officer of BASL, Ms. Adebisi Awoniyi and security chiefs, among several others.
Akiolu later cut the tape for the commencement of domestic schedule flight operations by the airline.