The President, Aviation Round Table, Dele Ore, on Thursday called for the construction of a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, MRO, facility in Nigeria.
Mr. Ore said in Lagos that the country lacked the facility at airports and this was long overdue.
According to him, such facility, when in place, would reduce operating costs for domestic carriers whose planes were going overseas for major repairs.
“If the facility is established here, it will create jobs for the industry’s professionals,” he said.
Mr. Ore, a former director of the defunct Nigeria Airways, advised that to make the project viable, the facilitators must adopt measures to sustain patronage for the project.
“Maintenance facility in Nigeria is long overdue,” he said. “Government should facilitate the establishment of such a project to ensure that airlines have enough aircraft in their fleet and ensure profitability.
“If there are not enough aircraft to sustain the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, it can be a failure.
“Above all, there must be competence in fleet and aircraft type to make it work.
“One sure way of achieving this is the entrenchment of standardisation of fleet and line management to boost the competence of such a facility.”
Mr. Ore said that without standardisation of aircraft type, the industry could have issues with growth and development.
“This is because major aircraft repair facilities are driven by the development of competences in aircraft types,” he said.
“And most of the airlines in Nigeria do not have commonality of aircraft type to drive maintenance and repair overhaul facilities,.”