Stella Oduah, Aviation Minister
The Group General Manager, Chanchangi Airlines, Mr. John Disley, has called on the Federal Government to encourage the construction of maintenance hangar facilities in the country to reduce cost of carrying out checks on aircraft outside the country.
Speaking to journalists in his office, at the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Lagos, on Monday, Disley explained that the construction of maintenance hangar facilities, which can carter for minimum of C-checks for the operating aircraft, would reduce cost of carrying out same maintenance outside the country by at least 40 per cent.
According to him, to carry out a C-check on a Boeing 737 aircraft, cost the airlines between $500,000 and $1.5m depending on the level of C-Check an operator wants to carry out on its aircraft.
He said that with the availability of this in the country, such funds could be diverted for training of personnel and upgrade of facilities for the airlines.
Disley said: "If we have maintenance facilities in Nigeria, it will be cheaper to carry out maintenance in the country and this will go a long way in reducing the money we spend on maintenance. As at present, to do a C-Check on a Boeing 737 start from $500, 000 and above.
"The cost largely depends on the level of C-check an operator wants to do, but if we are doing this in Nigeria, the cost would have reduced by 40 per cent because we pay for a lot of things abroad".
He however pointed out that Chanchangi airline currently carries out its maintenance checks in South Africa and Belgrade, stressing that the airline would never compromise the maintenance of its fleet for safety reasons.
He stated that Chanchangi airline was making a comeback to the Nigerian aviation industry with acquisition of more operating aircraft.
The General Manager also disclosed that the airline hoped to increase its fleet from the current Boeing 737-400 to two in the next six weeks while the fleet would increase to four in the next six months. According to him, the additional aircraft expected are B737-300 and B737-400.
On the market projection, he assured that the airline would win the confidence of the flying public back to its fold after closing shop for several months, but informed that the airfares of the airline would continue to be competitive for air passengers to have enough choices.
He said the Lagos-Abuja flight ticket was being sold by the airline at N17, 500 at MMA2 and N16, 000 at General Aviation Terminal (GAT), Lagos because of extra charges at MMA2.