BY: LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling Company, SAHCOL , Mr. Oluropo Owolabi has said that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ,FAAN, has no business in handling cargoes at the airport.
Speaking to Aviation reporters at the training centre of SAHCOL, in Ikeja, Lagos, Mr. Owolabi said, “FAAN is our landlord, they built the airport. FAAN has no business in cargo handling. Since it is private partnership, when the private investors invest, how do they get their money back when we have a landlord who is a competitor?
‘’All I am saying is that when we need land, FAAN should give us land rather than take it, if we are denied, how do we meet up? Government should assist us in some issues like issue of space, the tarmac and the terminal.”
‘’Government should create space at the tarmac at the cargo wing of the airport. It has been awarded before but it was left undone, it should be expanded to allow aircraft to park. We don’t need to be begging for space especially as private owners,” he added.
He affirmed that when this is done, SAHCOL will be able to expand its services and provide world class services to the airlines as well as contribute immensely to the growth of the aviation industry.
He further noted that SAHCOL as a ground handling company needed more space to operate at the tarmac at the cargo wing of the airport in order to prevent the re-occurrence of aircrafts having severe incidences at the airport.
It will be recalled that two aircrafts had an incident last year when the wings of the aircrafts clipped each other.
Asked about the level of competition between Nigeria Aviation Handling Company, Nahco, and Skyway Aviation Handling Company, SAHCOL, Mr. Owolabi said that there has been a healthy competition as that will help to improve the quality of service.
He added that there was no price war between both companies stressing that the focus was to improve the quality of service both companies were rendering to airlines.