In spite of the traffic accident on June 3, 2012 Nigeria has operated over one million flights with 50 million passengers on board in the last five and half years, declared the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren.
Dr. Demuren stated this during the African Ministerial meeting on Aviation safety in Abuja.
According to him, on June 2, allied Air, a Nigerian registered cargo aircraft over-ran the runway in heavy rain, killing 10 commuters in a bus beyond the perimeter fence of the airport in Accra, Ghana. Less than 24 hours later, Dana Air’s flight 0992 crashed in Lagos, killing 153 people on board and others on ground.
“These accidents occurred after we had successfully carried 50 million passengers, operated more than one million flights and grown our traffic by almost 40 per cent in the last five and half years”, he said.
He noted that the accident was a devastating blow to Nigeria and a set-back to the reform agenda of the federal government in the aviation sector.
“This clearly underscores the fact that safety is a journey, not a destination. There is only departure; there is never an arrival with safety”, he added.
He said that African region and Indian Ocean (AFI Region) would adopt five point safety improvement plans that would improve the picture of safety in Africa.
Meanwhile, Qatar Duty Free, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways has announced an exciting surprises promotion for passengers departing from or transiting through Doha International Airport.
According to the airline, customers who spent $135 or more on duty free purchases would automatically be eligible for a raffle draw to win shopping vouchers worth $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000.
The promotion runs until August 31.
The Chief Executive Officer of the airline, AK bar A1 Bakar said “we are entering the peak holiday season and the busiest time of the year for travel when a great number of international passengers depart or transit the Doha International Airport”.