The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has commended the Federal Government for suspending the planned National Carrier Project in the interest of the nation.
In a statement, Chairman of AON, Captain Nogie Meggison said the present administration was a listening one for heeding their earlier call to rethink their decision in the light of the tough economic situation in the country today and the fact that it was a moribund idea.
He said it would have been unwise to spend a whooping sum of $3 billion on setting up a National Carrier that would have gone down the drain that would not have been profitable.
According to him, there were private Nigerian Airline investors ready to invest and were already investing heavily on the sector and asking only for a friendlier operational environment and infrastructure support.
Captain Meggison noted that with the limited available resources and the effort to recover from recession, government should focus more on building and modernizing the industry infrastructure as airlines do not make a hub but it world-class infrastructure.
The AON Chairman urged government to go back to the drawing board and engage with the private sector with transparency on how to position Nigeria as the Hub for Africa to take advantage of its God given gift of geographical location to create jobs for its teeming youths and make aviation a major economic contributor of the nation’s GDP and replace the dependence on oil alone.