KUDOS TO GEJ FOR SLASHING BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHTS   Leave a comment

I commend the Jonathan Administration for slashing British Airways’ (BA) flights to Lagos from seven times a week to three, with effect from November 8.

The Federal Government’s decision to slash the frequency of the airline to Lagos is in response to the forced suspension of Nigeria’s Arik Air flights to London from Abuja by the UK’s airport management.

In the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA), which Nigeria signed with Britain, both countries agreed that airlines from the UK would fly 21 times to Nigeria and vice-versa. Arik Air recently explained that the BASA accord signed between the two countries was only beneficial to British carriers which freely come into Nigeria without hindrances whereas she, the only Nigerian airline that operates into Britain, faced impediments, including the denial of landing slots at Heathrow which compelled her to rent slots from a British agency at £1.4 million between 2009 and 2010, after paying an initial deposit of £600,000.

Britain must respect the BASA accord or be treated this way! The British government must be made to know the days of impunity over our economy are over. If they are seeking to fight their way out of their recession, they should do it the appropriate way and not go cheating on other nations! President Jonathan and Aviation Minister Stella Oduah shouldn’t capitulate. They should stand their grounds and demand a comprehensive review of the BASA accord which will serve Nigeria’s interests accordingly.

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Posted November 14, 2011 by Raymond Eyo in Aso Villa

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