Nigerian vow to stop regional imbalance says Demuren

By Oyise Oghene

The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren has stressed that Nigeria government has vowed to stop the high fare regime petpetrated by foreign airlines thereby causing regional imbalance within the region.

Addressing newsmen during the presentation of the Passengers’ Statement of Rights and Airline Obligations at the NCAA annex in Lagos, Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren stressed that the government has vowed to pursue the case to a logical end.

He noted that This was coming on the heels of the 30 days ultimatum that the government gave to all foreign airlines particularly British Airways and Virgin Atlantic (VAA)  to reduce their fares or face ban in the country since on the 5th of March 2012.

He said “Nigeria will not be short change anymore, we mean business on this and we are going to pursue this to the end. Our market is open to exploration but closed to exploitation. We have about 30 days to do this. All of these are covered in BASA. You know the foreign airlines, they like creating regional imbalance”

“If you look at it critically, you will discover that foreign airlines only sell the high fares in Nigeria and they sell the low ones in Ghana. We must stop this regional imbalance, we must support our own airlines, we can’t allow this exploitation to continue and we are not going to back out on this. We are going to fight it to the end. I am so happy that you are here so that we can work together on this” he added.

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