The Aviation Round Table and Safety Initiative (ART) has deplored closure of the Warri airport due to high navigational charges by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)
The ART in a statement signed on behalf of the body by Mr. Olumide Ohunayo observed that the airport started as a hub for non-scheduled & charter operations and has grown to be providing scheduled services.
The body maintained that the airport has eased the pains of passengers flying to Warri and other neighboring cities tremendously while growing the Nigerian economy in general, Delta state in particular.
ART is of the opinion that the airport is certified by NCAA to operate scheduled flights and its tariffs approved accordingly in line with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations ( NCARs ).
The body noted that there should have been an agreement between NAMA and the operators of Warri airport on tariff before the deployment of air traffic services.
“We advise all parties as a necessity to urgently come together and resolve all issues as stipulated in the regulations so we can ameliorate pains of the travelling public, air operators, staff and all concerned stakeholders,” Ohunayo concluded in the statement.