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Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by akinlex(m): 2:13pm On Mar 07, 2017
Some airlines and cab operators have anticipated losses as the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, is set be shut tonight for its runway repairs, the The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.


Abdullahi Saroke, Station Manager, Azman Airlines, told NAN that 65 per cent of flights operated from Abuja airport would likely to be cut off at Kaduna resulting in losses.


Saroke explained that many lucrative routes like Abuja-Lagos,Abuja-Enugu, Abuja-Kano and many others would be affected as many passengers might decide to travel by road to those destination.

He expressed fear that airlines might run at loss at Kaduna, explaining that airlines take load factor into consideration before flying a particular route.
According to him, if you fly aircraft with 124 and 110 passengers’ seats with less than 85 or 90 passengers, you are running at a loss.


“From the airlines’ perspective, what I foresee will happen is that we are going to go to Kaduna but not all routes will be viable.

“Then those routes that we think will be viable from Kaduna, if you operated it and you are at lost, I am sure with no time people will just shut down their operation unless something is done.

“For these reasons, some airlines may not want to go to Kaduna except those routes that are far like Port Harcourt and Lagos but all these routes that are close to Abuja may decide to stay away.

“Statistics has shown that 65 per cent of domestic flights happened between Abuja and Lagos and this route is going to be shut down by midnight on March 8.

“What that means is that 65 per cent of this operation has been cut off remaining 35 per cent and there are so many routes you cannot operate from Kaduna and they are lucrative routes.

“Those routes are Abuja-Asaba, Abuja-Owerri, Abuja-Warri, Abuja-Port Harcourt, Abuja-Enugu and Abuja-Kano,’’ he said.

On the free transportation arrangement by the government, Saroke advised that there should be supporting vehicles in the event of breakdown or tire burst since flights are time bound.

He also advised the government to take into consideration the fact that airlines would not be responsible for the passengers that miss their flight since it is the government that handles their movement.

“In the event that the passengers miss their flight, who pay their compensation and who takes care of their accommodation if need be since it is the government that is responsible for that?

“Those are the key areas the government did not look at because in case you want to assist somebody and the assistance failed, are you going to compensate the passengers,’’ he queried.

Also, Aliyu Abdullazeez-Aliyu, Chairman, Airport Car Hires Association (ACHA), Abuja Chapter, said his members would lose up to N300 million during the period.

Abdullazeez-Aliyu said that a larger number of the members would be out of job during the six weeks period, adding only few of their members would join those at Kaduna.

He added that the association would deploy between 150 to 200 car hire members to Kaduna airport to complement those operating there.
According to him, it is our Kaduna branch that is absorbing some of them from Abuja because both Abuja and Kaduna belong to one national body.

“Quantitatively, we stand to lose about N300 million to N500 million within these six weeks because our members make millions of naira on daily basis here.

“Our operation will be at Kaduna within this period because of those that will prefer to travel privately but we don’t have provision in the city centre.

“There will be processing of passengers in Abuja but that will be exclusively government arrangement because they are providing free buses to convey them to Kaduna,’’ he said.

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by HARDDON: 2:26pm On Mar 07, 2017
the ripple effect of this decision would be deeply far reaching.

with the way it was rushed, i think some1 is about to make some billions as profit

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Nobody: 2:30pm On Mar 07, 2017
But where is lalasticlala sef embarassed embarassed embarassed
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by muykem: 2:39pm On Mar 07, 2017
loss of money is more better than loss of life. They should please do a diligent job.

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Flexherbal(m): 3:10pm On Mar 07, 2017
" He also advised the government to take into consideration the fact that airlines would not be responsible for the passengers that miss their flight since it is the government that handles their movement."

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by yteds: 3:11pm On Mar 07, 2017
well, you will be fine in a couple of weeks time grin
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by helphelp: 3:11pm On Mar 07, 2017
Be innovative...

The change wey we sef meet make us innovate our way around life
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by emperorAY(m): 3:13pm On Mar 07, 2017
I think financial losses is far better than a national air disaster, I also tink abuja need anoda airport or kogi state will also be a better alternative

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by spayor(m): 3:13pm On Mar 07, 2017
Every good change has a bad experience....
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Benz4pimp(m): 3:16pm On Mar 07, 2017
So!!!what should we do?leave the runway in a bad and disastrous way?please tell the cab men to go to hell.......revocation comes with lil pain

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by lafuria1(m): 3:16pm On Mar 07, 2017
It's a gain for cab operators in kaduna, and besides its for six weeks, I know it's long, there would never be a good time to fix it, better it gets done and we are over with it

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by chimah3(m): 3:21pm On Mar 07, 2017
They should start another business!!
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Tazdroid(m): 3:22pm On Mar 07, 2017
Nigeria and its daily drama.


But is it not possible for runway maintenance to be conducted within a shorter period of time to prevent long term closure?

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by SalamRushdie: 3:22pm On Mar 07, 2017
Bad days for the Local air line industry ..I hope the vision less Buhari led govt has put in place bail out packages for airlines who would take so much loss in these 6 weeks that their corporate existence will be threatened
.

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by WowSweetGuy(m): 3:22pm On Mar 07, 2017
bubu cargo back

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by SalamRushdie: 3:24pm On Mar 07, 2017
lafuria1:
It's a gain for cab operators in kaduna, and besides its for six weeks, I know it's long, there would never be a good time to fix it, better it gets done and we are over with it

Did you read the part that said airline patronage is expected to drop ?
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by SalamRushdie: 3:25pm On Mar 07, 2017
Tazdroid:
Nigeria and its daily drama.


But is it not possible for runway maintenance to be conducted within a shorter period of time to prevent long term closure?


OAKLAND, Dec. 28, 2001 -- Oakland International Airport repaved its 10,000-foot main runway in 126 hours this year -- believed to be the fastest runway repaving in history. The hardest part? All the planning required before the repaving actually started, airport officials say as they finish analyzing the project.
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Tazdroid(m): 3:29pm On Mar 07, 2017
SalamRushdie:



OAKLAND, Dec. 28, 2001 -- Oakland International Airport repaved its 10,000-foot main runway in 126 hours this year -- believed to be the fastest runway repaving in history. The hardest part? All the planning required before the repaving actually started, airport officials say as they finish analyzing the project.
Unreal! When would we acquire that capacity and capability? When??

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Nobody: 3:37pm On Mar 07, 2017
Nigeria is a junkyard! Worst of it is that it is filled with people(some) whose modus operandi is to compliment mediocrity.

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by cutelover19(m): 3:39pm On Mar 07, 2017
air travel - 0: road travel - 1

one man's loss is another's gain. God is good motors Don hammer this kind period

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by emi14: 3:54pm On Mar 07, 2017
emperorAY:
I think financial losses is far better than a national air disaster, I also tink abuja need anoda airport or kogi state will also be a better alternative

Nigeria doesn't have world class airport. What we hv in Abuja is motor park. Let them look for land and build airport that can land A320
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by arsenal33: 4:14pm On Mar 07, 2017
No pain no gain

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by arsenal33: 4:15pm On Mar 07, 2017
SalamRushdie:
Bad days for the Local air line industry ..I hope the vision less Buhari led govt has put in place bail out packages for airlines who would take so much loss in these 6 weeks that their corporate existence will be threatened
.
You must say something sha
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Ngasky(m): 4:38pm On Mar 07, 2017
emi14:


Nigeria doesn't have world class airport. What we hv in Abuja is motor park. Let them look for land and build airport that can land A320
Antonov cargo aircraft (world biggest and heaviest aircraft )landed in the same Kaduna airport couple of years back
SalamRushdie:



OAKLAND, Dec. 28, 2001 -- Oakland International Airport repaved its 10,000-foot main runway in 126 hours this year -- believed to be the fastest runway repaving in history. The hardest part? All the planning required before the repaving actually started, airport officials say as they finish analyzing the project.
That's just 3048 meters runway even birnin Kebbi airport has a 3100 meters runway and Abuja has 3610 meters (about 12000 feet)
Airport runway repairs is not like road repairs even after repairs no aircraft can use it until ICAO come down to Nigeria and certify the runway, tarmac or even the runway lighting which is embedded on the runway/tarmac.
All these people opposing this closure when an accident happen on the same runway will be first to condemn the government for not doing the right thing at the right time

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by scobaba: 4:58pm On Mar 07, 2017
Also, Aliyu Abdullazeez-Aliyu, Chairman, Airport Car Hires Association (ACHA), Abuja Chapter, said his members would lose up to N300 million during the period


You see the money this guys are making, so in 6 weeks they will loose up to 300m. But if i ask my cousin Emeka who runs my taxi at the airport he will tell me one long story and drop 35k for a week. na wa . sad

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Iyomizi(m): 5:58pm On Mar 07, 2017
So make them no do the needful because of una selfish interest? Smh
We want change but I can see we ain't ready for it.
Until plane crash land before the know say suffering na temporary

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Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by SalamRushdie: 6:52pm On Mar 07, 2017
arsenal33:

You must say something sha

It wasn't meant for you so shooo
Re: Abuja Airport Closure: Airlines, Cab Operators Anticipate Losses by Emmatdayo(m): 6:53pm On Mar 07, 2017
scobaba:
Also, Aliyu Abdullazeez-Aliyu, Chairman, Airport Car Hires Association (ACHA), Abuja Chapter, said his members would lose up to N300 million during the period


You see the money this guys are making, so in 6 weeks they will loose up to 300m. But if i ask my cousin Emeka who runs my taxi at the airport he will tell me one long story and drop 35k for a week. na wa . sad
u own a taxi in abj?

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