Published on : Monday, May 2, 2022
Statistics have revealed that the recovery of travel in Nigeria post COVID, is the highest in the world, putting the country’s record higher than the world and continent figures.
Mr Bankole Bernard, the CEO of a travel company, who disclosed the new development in Lagos on Friday, wondered why the record is being made by same country where it is perceived that they have no money nor a national carrier.
According to Bankole, Nigeria’s recovery rate tells that Nigerians have developed the culture of flying and the number keeps increasing by the day, which means it is a viable market.
Bankole, a former President of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents (NANTA), condemned the idea of tagging some airports as non viable.
Noting that airport terminals are no longer what they used to be globally, Bankole observed that in some countries, they have turned their airports into a shopping mall – local and international, where you can do a lot of things.
And that alone attracts passengers to ply such airport.
There are quite a lot of things that we need to do and when we put those things in the right perspective, an airport becomes commercially viable.
Akure airport for instance, had only one airline going there before, but now about three airlines go there. Nigerians are constantly developing the culture of flying.
They shouldn’t tell them that their airports are not commercially viable. People like them that come in, have even the opportunity to prove that these airports are viable.