South Africa, British Airways Insist They Won’t Use Kaduna Airport In Nigeria
following the closure and maintenance of the international Airport in Nigeria, South Africa, British Airways insist they won’t use Kaduna airport.
The two foreign airlines have informed the federal government of their final decision not to use the Kaduna airport as an alternative when the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will be closed for repair works on the runway for 6 weeks. Work is expected to commence as from March 6th.
It was gathered that South African Airways reportedly wrote a letter, signed by the acting Chief Commercial Officer, CCO, Mr. Aaron Munetsi, to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika informing him that it would cease flight operations to Abuja on March 6, 2017, days before the closure of the airport.
Similarly, the Country Manager for British Airways, Mr. Kola Olayinka, had said the airline plans to assess its best options for its customers during the closure period of the runway, insisting that it will not be using the proposed Kaduna airport
He made the disclosure during the stakeholders meeting with Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, in Abuja to address all issues relating to the proposed closure.
Olayinka said, “I can confirm that BA will not be operating to Kaduna during the planned closure of the Abuja Airport.
Factors were considered before the decision was reached, major ones are concerned about the safety and security of our passengers as well as difficulties around some key operational issues. We are currently evaluating all options for our customers planning to travel at that time and we will be reaching out directly to them for information about their trip”.
He further explained that catering services as well as”adequate’ technology were not in Kaduna including simple technologies like the Common User Terminal Equipment among others.”