Abuja Airport closure will affect our N80m daily income —SAHCOL MD

The managing director of Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL), Mr Rizwan Kadri has declared that the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) for rehabilitation of its runway will affect the N80 million it makes daily from its operations at the airport.

While stating this at an interactive session with the media in Lagos, Kadri however said SAHCOL had not decided on whether it would move its equipment and personnel to Kaduna Airport during the six-week closure of NAIA.

“Government is taking the right step as the repair of the Abuja Airport is long overdue. However, they have gone about it in a wrong way. The stakeholders are going to lose a lot of revenue if airlines are not going to Abuja. The stakeholders are not taking us into confidence. That is why the foreign airlines are not going to Kaduna Airport.

“If we make N80 million daily from NAIA and that stops suddenly, it is going to affect us. We will need to move manpower and equipment to Kaduna. We will continue to pay them salary if they stay on in Abuja doing nothing for six weeks. We are still hanging in the balance; we are still waiting. We hope it lasts just six weeks,” he said.

Commenting on the company’s performance in 2016, Kadri said the major challenge was the dollar constraint that forced some of their clients, particularly foreign airlines, to pull out or scale down their operations.

“A chunk of our revenue is from airlines; if airlines pull out it dwindles our revenue. Emirates pulled out of Abuja route because of foreign exchange issue. United Airlines also pulled out. We did not lose airlines because of poor performance,” he said.

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