‘Dana Crash, Collapse of Air Nigeria Setbacks for Aviation Sector

25 Jan 2013

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Martha Momoh

The crash of Dana Air flight and collapse of Air Nigeria were major causes of revenue losses in Nigeria’s aviation industry in 2012, Managing Director, Sky Way Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL), Mr.  Olu Owolabi, has said.

Owolabi said in spite of significant achievements the company recorded and the new clients, such as Etihad, MedView in 2012, the year was not a rosy one for the company as the two ugly incidents resulted in loss of revenue by the company compared to 2011.

Briefing aviation reporters on the company’s operations in 2012 and its planned activities for the year 2013, Owolabi said the company recorded major successes in terms of acquiring new equipment that
would enhance its operation for the coming years, adding that the multimillion naira warehouse project the company was building was now 70 per cent completion.

The SAHCOL boss who would not disclose the exact amount so far spent on the project, explained that “millions of naira has been put into the project and until it is completed, one cannot say for certain how much it has cost’’

He said the company would embark on staff training and retraining this year so as to position it to meet challenges of providing efficient handling services to their existing clients and the new entrants into the aviation industry.

“So staff will be sent on training programmes to South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America on how to handle the new equipment the company has purchased to enhance its operation and render efficient services. Emphasis will be on training the trainers, our training school already has IATA recognition and we will soon get approval,” he said.

On safety of passenger’s luggage, Owolabi stressed that the company would have zero
tolerance for pilfering and loss of luggage this year because of improved security system.

He however pointed out that though the company had dismissed workers in the past who were caught pilfering luggage, more stringent action would be taken against any member of staff caught indulging in that act this year.

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