By Akin Akinremi
The monopoly being enjoyed by some airlines on some international routes particularly Lagos-London route is about to end as the Federal Government has designated a domestic airline, MedView, on 10 foreign routes.
Foreign airlines and a Nigerian airline on Lagos-London route have been monopolising the business in the process extorting the travelling public, through high fares on some international routes.
The approval for MedView to operate on 10 foreign routes was contained in a letter addressed to the airline’s management dated April 23, 2015 by the Ministry of Aviation.
The letter, signed on behalf of the Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, by the Deputy Director, Air Transport Management in the ministry, M. S. Noibi, listed the new designated routes as London in United Kingdom, Lisbon in Portugal, Douala in Cameroon and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Other routes are Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire, Bamako in Mali, Monrovia in Liberia, Conakry in Guinea and Freetown in Sierra Leone.
The letter, however, gave the airline deadline within which to commence operations to the affected routes, or lose the right.
The letter partly stated: “You are advised to comply with all the rules and regulations of the aeronautical authorities of Nigeria and the respective countries.
“Also, failure to operate any of the routes mentioned above for more than six International Air Transport Association (IATA) seasons would lead to revocation of the designation in accordance with extant policy on designations.
MedView airline is now making preparations to put all logistics on ground for the commencement of operations on the foreign routes.