For Now We Have Lost Over N100M To Unions, BASL Dispute—Dana Air
…Apologises To Passengers
…Threatens To Downsize If Action Lingers
Dana Air, one of the airlines affected by the ongoing industrial action declared by aviation unions against Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2),Lagos, said that it has lost over N100 million to the incident.
This is just as the airline apologised to its passengers, who missed their flights as a result of the dispute between aviation unions and BASL.
The airline made this known in an online statement issued by the Media/Communication, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa .
“For now, we have lost over N100m to the ongoing action and losing such money in an industry where airlines are still grappling with a myriad of challenges is unacceptable and disappointing to say the least. We do not know how the situation will be in the coming days and we might have no other option that to downsize if the action stretches for too long. While we respect the rights of both parties to engage each other based on extant laws, we call on all concerned to intervene and save the industry from further crises,” the statement said.
It continued, “At the moment, MMA2 remains the terminal that provides guests the best in terms of facilitation and we wish to thank our guests for their constant support and understanding. We wish to also reassure our guests of our commitment to continue to offer the best of service at all times.”
The airline, however expressed fears that the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), also known as terminal 1 may not be able to handle the number of passengers when there is a coincidence of flight schedule.
“Our worst fear however is, if the terminal will be able to process the number of passengers when there is a coincidence in flight schedule with over 8 airlines having to operate from the General Aviation Terminal at the moment. “
“While we have been engaging our guests who are on our future flights seeing that the industrial action entered Day 2 yesterday, we appeal to the parties involved to resolve the dispute in consideration of the passengers for whom we are all in the industry to serve. Without the passengers, there won’t be any airline, regulator or industry and we believe they shouldn’t suffer for what they did not contribute to,” the statement reads in part.