The Aviation RoundTable Safety Initiative ( ART), has frown on the closure of Osubi Airport, Warri by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) over indebtedness
Due to this development, the two major airlines to the Osubi Airstrip, Aero and Arik Air have incurred revenue loss of over N800million.
In a statement the ART, the airport started as a hub for non-scheduled and charter operations and has grown to providing scheduled services which has eased pains of passengers flying to Warri and other neighboring cities tremendously while growing the Nigerian economy in general, Delta state in particular.
The think tank group has therefore recommended that the airport is certified by NCAA to operate scheduled flights and its tariffs approved accordingly in line with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations ( NCARs ).
Therefore, there should have been an agreement between NAMA and the operators of Warri airport on tariffs before the deployment of Air Traffic services.
“We advise all parties as a necessity to urgently come together and resolve all issues as stipulated in the regulations so we can ameliorate pains of the travelling public, air operators, staff and all concerned stakeholders,” the statement read.