Amidst the avalanche of controversies enveloping the nation's aviation sector over recent air mishaps and purchase of two armoured
As a result of the outcry,
The Nigerian aviation sector has come under criticisms following the crash of an
Oduah has been accused of failing to ensure safety of air travel because of her ministry's inability to enforce standards through air regulators under its watch.
But pilots, who spoke to
One of the pilots, who work with one of the airlines operating in the country, disclosed that their airline was making very little profit because of the high cost of aviation fuel and numerous operational charges it pays regulators, to a point that it always finds it difficult to pay its staff.
The pilot explained that early this year, the airline defaulted in settling their monthly salaries for about six months, thereby violating the existing rules in the industry which states that an airline must be grounded in the event it failed to pay salaries for a period of four months. "If the airlines can't pay salaries and allowances, is it insurance premiums that they would pay? Most airlines default in insurance, that is why when there is a crash, they would find it difficult to compensate victims and their next-of-kin."
The pilot said after waiting for that long duration, staff of the airline petitioned the
"But the management quickly sat with us and promised to settle the outstanding pay on monthly installments," he said.
The pilot also disclosed that because the airline was still struggling to remain afloat, it cut down the number of its pilots from over two dozens to only six.
"In a day, the airline makes about N8 million running local routes and spends about N5.5 million on fuel, pays N20,000 to each of the four pilots on two sets, in addition to N7,500 each for three cabin crew members. This does not include the amount paid to engineers and the hotel bills for the crew," he said.
"After paying all these, you begin to talk of settling various regulatory agencies like
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