The federal government has again warned of dire consequences for airline operators who treat Nigerians shabbily especially on international operations.
Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika gave the warning when a delegation from the Emirates Group paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
According to the Aviation Minister, government cannot continue to condone the practice of subjecting Nigerians to all forms of suffering, either by making them walk long distances before boarding or using small aircrafts that would not carry them along with their luggage to their destinations.
Sirika informed the group that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has been directed to invoke all relevant laws to protect the interest and rights of Nigerians and others from being flagrantly abused the airlines.
He however, assured the operators of the federal government’s commitment to the complete overhaul and upgrading of the nation’s airport facilities that would make the use of Nigeria’s airspace a delightful experience.
On the on-going construction of the second terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the Minister gave the assurance that it will be ready before the end of the year, stating that its completion would improve the comfort and convenience of both airline operators and the flying public.
Addressing the Minister earlier, the Vice president Aeropolitical and Industry Affairs, Emirate Group, Mr. David Broz congratulated the Minister on his appointment and Pledged their commitment to serve Nigeria better being their second biggest market in Africa.
He commended the Nigerian government on the efforts to upgrade facilities at its airports and promised to maintain the great relationship between the Group and Nigeria which has ensured their smooth operation in the country.
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