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Why domestic airlines don’t make profits – Expert

The Chief Executive Officer of FMC Aviation
Services Limited, Mr. Herbert Odika, has identified
the usage of wrong aircraft type as a major factor
causing domestic airlines unprofitability.

Odika said many domestic carriers have failed in
Nigeria because the operators use big aircraft that
increases their operating costs.

He said the use of Boeing 737 aircraft for short
haul flights is unprofitable because of the volume
of fuel consumption, landing and handling costs
and other associated charges.

Odika spoke with our correspondent in Lagos.

He specifically canvassed the use of smaller
aircraft type like Bombardier and Embraer, saying
they consume less fuel, thus reducing operational

He said:” The Boeing 737 aircraft type is not good
for domestic operations as most domestic carriers
do. This is because of the huge operational costs.

“The cost of running a Boeing 737 is too high. The
fuel cost for instance is about half a million naira
for a single flight. The navigational and handling
charges, the landing and parking charges, catering
and other associated charges are other major

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