Multiple Frequencies: How Domestic airlines struggle under dominance by foreign carriers

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Domestic carriers grapple with a lot of challenges ranging from high cost of aviation fuel, lack of aircraft maintenance facility, foreign exchange rate, multiple taxation amongst others.

However, among these problems is the multiple frequencies operated by foreign airlines in the country; one that has continued to hugely deplete the revenues of local carriers.

BASA agreements

Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) is an agreement that allows foreign airlines to operate in the country but the agreement is founded on the principle of reciprocity. It is a deal that enables a country’s airlines to enjoy equal leverage, in terms of flight operations, in countries with which their home country has an air agreement.

In addition to the numerous BASAs signed by Nigeria with other countries, the country recently signed BASA with the Republic of India. The agreement stipulates that passengers being processed from Nigeria would enjoy direct flight to India as a result of the agreement.

While Nigeria has continued to sign various BASAs, experts have raised concerns on the ability of Nigerian carriers to reciprocate these agreements and even if they are able to reciprocate, they often contend with stringent regulations from the host countries, making it extremely difficult to sustain the routes.

It is in the light of these Nigeria needs to find out what went wrong with previous air agreements it signed with other countries and why they are not delivering value before  it signs more.

How BASA works against local carriers

No matter how juicy a BASA agreement may seem between two countries, these agreements must be signed on the basis of reciprocity or else the country on the other end may be shooting itself on the foot.

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AIB cautions airlines on prompt report of accidents, serious incidents

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The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has expressed its displeasure over the persistent failure of some airlines to report accidents or serious incidents to the Bureau as mandated by Law.

In a statement issued yesterday the Bureau said on the 5th of June 2019, it received notification about a serious incident involving a Boeing 737-300 aircraft with Registration Marks 5N-BUK, belonging to Air Peace Limited from a passenger onboard.

“It was reported that the said incident occurred on Wednesday, 15th May 2019, while the aircraft was on approach to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos from Port Harcourt. The aircraft was said to have experienced a hard landing as it touched down on the runway (18R).

“Upon receipt of the notification, the Bureau visited Air Peace Limited office and confirmed the said occurrence. The Bureau further conducted a damage assessment on the aircraft, which revealed that the aircraft made contact on the runway with the starboard engine cowling as obvious from various scrapes, scratches and dents, an evidence of tyre scouring on the sidewalls of the No. 4 tyre as well as bottoming of the main landing gear oleo struts. There was also visible damage to the right-hand engine compressor blades,” the statement added.

According to the Bureau, up till date, it has received no notification of the incident three weeks after the date of occurrence, contrary to ICAO Annex 13 which guides the operations of aircraft accident investigation procedures.

Rather, the Bureau further to the occurrence, received a submission of a ‘Mandatory Occurrence Report’(MOR) subsequently filed at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on 7th June 2019, which filing was as a direct result of the Bureau’s visit to Air Peace office on the 6th day of June 2019.

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