Strict adherence to set standards and adequate development of aviation infrastructure have been identified as the solution to Nigerian’s aviation woes.
Managing Director of Lufthansa German Airlines, West and Central Africa, Mr. Claus Becker, made the remark in an interactive forum with journalists in Lagos. He said the authorities must ensure that standards are not compromised while practitioners and other stakeholders operating in the industry should be adequately monitored. Becker added that training and enhancing of the aviation personnel should be made a priority, stressing that doing that would save the country from major air mishaps, while passengers would feel more confident to fly.
“Lufthansa is very cautious about the safety of its passengers and aircraft because it is a matter of paramount importance to Lufthansa to see to the safety of its passengers across the globe. For us, we will not risk flying into countries where we are not sure of the safety of our customers,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chief Finance Officer of Lufthansa, Mrs. Simone Menne, said that there has been great improvement over the past years in the Nigerian aviation industry. Even though she said the market has been quite challenging, she nonetheless said that competition has been good for Lufthansa.
According to her, Lufthansa has the largest market share in the region, while Nigeria has always been a great market for the airline.
She explained that the airline increased its passenger traffic by 10 percent in 2012, saying that 18 percent of the first class and business class seats generate the highest revenue for the airline, which is complemented by the economy class seats. Meanwhile, aircrafts in Lufthansa Group have been better utilised, the capacity steering attuned to demand in first-half of 2013 ensures fuller aircraft in passenger and freight traffic.
“The aircrafts of all airlines in the Lufthansa Group – Lufthansa German Airlines (including German wings and Lufthansa Regional), SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo –were better utilised in the first half of 2013.”