Air journey in Nigeria is beset by delays attributable to many elements, which embody climate, breakdown of plane, poor airport amenities and poor scheduling.
Poor scheduling is downside of airways, which will be averted with environment friendly schedule association and upkeep.
In Nigeria there’s additionally poor plane utilisation as a result of the system and infrastructure assure restricted time period in a day to fly. Airways can fly until midnight from Abuja to Lagos, however they can’t fly to many different airports as a result of both these airports should not have airfield lighting or there’s insecurity.
So even whether it is potential, airways can’t schedule flights late to Port Harcourt, Owerri, Kaduna and even Benin because of safety issues.
But when an airline correctly schedules its rotations within the day, it will reduce delays and flight cancelations.
THISDAY spoke to the previous Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Administration Company (NAMA), Captain Fola Akinkuotu, who mentioned schedule and upkeep have been very essential to an airline and determines its operation success, income earnings and utilisation of plane.
As a way to mitigate flight delays and cancellation, airways can maintain plane on standby in case if anybody in operation undergo fowl strike, engine failure and even undercarriage downside. As soon as any of the plane within the fleet is grounded for any purpose, the one on standby can be deployed.
However Akinkuotu famous that it may not be virtually lifelike to maintain plane on standby whereas it generates bills, as a substitute of working and incomes income with it. He instructed that whereas an airline might maximiseeach plane in its fleet, it might scale back routing of one of many plane in order that it could possibly be on standby, however it’s a waste of sources to maintain airworthy plane on floor from morning until evening.
“What you must take a look at is that this. Liken this case to proudly owning automobiles. When you’ve got 10 automobiles you pay insurance coverage, car licence, roadworthiness and others. These are customary bills. Should you purchased that car on increased buy you’ll nonetheless be paying for it whether or not it’s parked or not.
“In airline, you might have 10 plane and you retain one on floor, you proceed to pay for its insurance coverage. Should you leased the plane you’ll nonetheless be paying for the lease. You pay for all these whereas the plane is on floor. So you aren’t utilizing the plane maximally.
“In scheduling it’s possible you’ll scale back the rotation of one of many plane. For instance, in case you have 10 Boeing and every one operates eight rotation, you’ll have one that can do 4 rotations; in order that when you might have disruptions, you’ll be able to deploy it to switch the one which has damaged down,” he mentioned.
Akinkuotu mentioned it doesn’t make sense to maintain one plane as spare as a result of the airline can be shedding income. However an airline can maintain engine as spare if it will probably afford it; so if there’s incident like fowl strike, the airline can exchange the engine, relying on the injury.
“It doesn’t make financial sense to relaxation an plane, however you’ll be able to reduce its utilisation,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that flight scheduling contributes to delays and cancellation; that’s the reason scheduling is a vital job, remarking that good schedule plan should envisage potential disruptions and plan the schedule accordingly.
Akinkuotu mentioned that having extra plane advantages an airline as a result of it maximizes its personnel and an airline should have extra plane for sturdy worthwhile operation, suggesting that to maximise economic system of scale, an airline should have about 13 plane.
The previous Director Basic of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) additionally mentioned that if a schedule plan have been carried out very properly it will pre-empt a state of affairs the place plane within the fleet is taken out for upkeep so it will plan to cowl the absence of that plane.
“For instance, in case you have 4 plane and one is taken out for upkeep, there are two choices; both you reschedule your flights otherwise you lease an plane on brief time period to cowl that slot. Ibom Air did one thing like that just lately when its plane went for upkeep; it leased plane to cowl the operations of that plane. However what’s essential right here is realizing that the plane goes for upkeep and rescheduling your operations.
“So you propose for the upkeep. Your engineers have the slot card, you safe slot together with your upkeep firm and ferry your plane there. If you do not have environment friendly schedule plan, you may be in bother. Schedule and upkeep is a vital division Nigeria Airways Restricted,” Akinkuotu instructed THISDAY.
Many trade observers say that many Nigerian airways should not have environment friendly schedulers and due to this fact inefficient schedule plan and that has contributed to a number of the delays encountered of their operations.
They famous that it’s by way of correct scheduling that Nigerian airways can effectively service the daylight airports, which in lots of events have pressured airways to cancel flights once they realised they can’t function to those airports after 6:00 pm.
Additionally they noticed that flights are tightly caught collectively as a result of airways in Nigeria typically function 6:00 a to six:00 pm. After that interval it is just Abuja-Lagos, Kano-Lagos; Abuja-Kano that may proceed to function, as THISDAY noticed on Monday that flight operations continues into the evening in Abuja until after 11:00 pm, however nearly all of the flights have been destined to Lagos and Kano.