Dana Air: We’ve lost over N100m to BASL, Union dispute 

 

…airlines move to GAT 

 

Posted by Sade Williams

 

Dana Air said on Thursday that it has  lost over N100m to the ongoing impasse between viation unions and Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Ikeja Lagos state.

 

This is just as the airline apologised to its  teeming guests who missed their flights as a result of the dispute.

“Losing such money in an industry where airlines are still grappling with a myriad of challenges is unacceptable and disappointing to say the least. We do not know how the situation will be in the coming days and we might have no other option that to downsize if the action stretches for too long.

 

“While operating our first flight out of Lagos from MMA2, we made alternative arrangement and moved our operations temporarily to the General Aviation terminal (GAT).  Our worst fear however is, if the terminal will be able to process the number of passengers when there is a coincidence in flight schedule with over 8 airlines having to operate from the General Aviation Terminal at the moment.

 

“While we have been engaging our guests who are on our future flights seeing that the industrial action entered Day 2 yesterday, we appeal to the parties involved to resolve the dispute in consideration of the passengers for whom we are all in the industry to serve. Without the passengers, there won’t be any airline, regulator or industry and we believe they shouldn’t suffer for what they did not contribute to”.

 

The airline said while it respect the rights of both parties to engage each other based on extant laws, it called on all concerned to intervene and save the industry from further crises.

 

“At the moment, MMA2 remains the terminal that provides guests the best in terms of facilitation and we wish to thank our guests for their constant support and understanding. We wish to also reassure our guests of our commitment to continue to offer the best of service at all times”.

Airlines operating from MMA2 to various destinations in the country include Dana, Aero, Arik, Med-View, Azman, Max Air and First Nation.

 

 

 

In another statement signed by Steve Omolale, spokesman to BASL, the airline said since the unions shut down the terminal building despite an order of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos and presided over by Mr. Justice I. N. Buba, they had lost over N300million in revenue.

 

 

 

According to him, One of the airlines’ officials, who craved for anonymity, said: “For now, we have lost over N63million to the ongoing industrial action and losing such money in an industry where airlines are still grappling with a myriad of challenges is unacceptable and disappointing to say the least. We do not know how the situation will be in the coming days and we might have no other option than to downsize, if the action stretches for too long.”

 

 

 

“While lamenting the extent of damage to their businesses, the airlines expressed regrets that the labour unions disobeyed a court order and continued their strike, which they said was ill-timed, not minding the effects of the action on the businesses of others”, he said.

 

 

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