The Senate on Wednesday passed resolutions to protect indigenous airlines from going into extinction due to multiple designations and multiple frequencies granted foreign airlines in Nigeria.

The resolution followed a motion entitled “Unfair Competition and Urgent Need to Protect Nigeria’s Indigenous Airlines from Extinction” sponsored by Ifeanyi Ubah and 20 others.

“Unfair Competition and Urgent Need to Protect Nigeria’s Indigenous Airlines from Extinction” sponsored by Ifeanyi Ubah and 20 others

Presenting the motion at plenary, Ubah decried the licence given to some foreign airlines to operate multiple routes within Nigeria.

He said Ethiopia airline now operates in five cities of Enugu, Kano, Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos, while Turkish airline operates in four cities, namely Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt.

He said Emirate airline also operates two flights daily into Lagos and one to Abuja.

Lending his voice to the motion, Thompson Sekibo said the indigenous airlines do not have the capacity to provide all the services provided by foreign airlines.

Consequently, the senate summoned the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority.