Nigeria’s latest commercial airline, Med-View Airlines, has explained why it chose the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos as its operational base because of the efficient and operational facilities at the terminal.
The airline, which started operation last week, after a colourful ceremony at the terminal attended by several prominent Nigerians, said although some other options were considered for its operational base at the initial stage, but it finally settled for MMA2 because of the “efficient facilities the terminal has”.
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 terminal 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 organised environment that you people have turned the terminal into.
“The kind of crowd we are expecting to patronise 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(the owner and operator of the terminal), Christophe Penninck, assured the airline that MMA2 was prepared to render the best services to Med-View, as well as any other airline that might 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.
Caption; Chairman of SAHCOL, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi
…Picks SAHCOL for Ground Handling Services
The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) has been picked to provide total Ground Handling Services to Med-view Airline’s Domestic Operations.
By this, SAHCOL shall be providing ramp and passenger handling services to Med-view Airline in all of its flight operations within Nigeria.
Before this contract, SAHCOL has partnered Med-view Airline in the provision of ground handling services in its Hajj operations, ensuring always that the airline consistently run a hitch-free out/in-bound operation during Hajj.
Part of the promises made by the Chairman of SAHCOL, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, at the takeover of SAHCOL from the Federal Government of Nigeria in December 2009, was to invest massively in personnel development, state-of-the-art equipment, fleet replacement, and massive infrastructural development.
Less than three years later, these promises and much more has been fulfilled, which has helped tailored the company to meet the needs and expectations of its growing list of clientele.
SAHCOL, with its new Private Sector Management composition and orientation, since becoming a member of the Sifax Group, has kicked off the development of Business models geared towards ensuring efficient and speedy delivery of Aviation Ground Handling Services to all its customers, making it therefore the reference point where efficiency of a successful flight is born within Nigeria.
The activities of SAHCOL include passenger handling, ramp handling, cargo handling/warehousing, aviation security, baggage reconciliation, executive lounge, and other related ground handling services, while ensuring that Ground Handling assignment is carried out in an efficient, speedy and safe manner, by deploying the right tools and expertise.
SAHCOL also provides Ground Handling Services to Arik Air, The United /Continental Airline, Air France Cargo, Etihad Airways, Egypt Air, Middle East Airlines (MEA), Allied Air, Aero Contractors Airline, Dana Air, Sudan Air, African Open Sky Airlines, amongst others.
Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited’s services are tailored towards meeting the needs and expectations of its growing list of clientele, which including international scheduled and ad-hoc operators, and domestic airlines operating in/out of airports in Abuja, Lagos, Minna, Kaduna, Jos, Yola, Kano, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Enugu, Owerri, Ilorin, Akure, Benin, Ibadan, Uyo and Asaba.