The Senate on Wednesday passed resolutions to protect indigenous airlines from going into extinction due to multiple designations and multiple frequencies granted foreign airlines in Nigeria.
The resolution followed a motion entitled “Unfair Competition and Urgent Need to Protect Nigeria’s Indigenous Airlines from Extinction” sponsored by Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP, Anambra) and 20 others.
Presenting the motion at plenary, Ubah decried the licence given to some foreign airlines to operate multiple routes within Nigeria.
He said Ethiopia airline now operates in five cities of Enugu, Kano, Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos, while Turkish airline operates in four cities, namely Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt.
He said Emirate airline also operates two flights daily into Lagos and one to Abuja.
Ubah described the development as worrisome, stressing that this was not obtainable in other countries.
He said the practice would put indigenous airlines out of business. Ubah explained that the Nigerian airlines such as Arik, Virgin Nigeria, Medview and others had in the past run out of international routes by this trend of unfair advantages provided foreign airlines in Nigeria.