The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has acknowledged that the Coronavirus pandemic poses a risk that would see over 100,000 jobs misplaced within the aviation sector.
Mr Sirika famous this on Wednesday on the each day briefing of the Presidential Activity Drive on COVID-19.
He acknowledged that the aviation sector has been dealt a extreme blow by the pandemic, noting that airways have misplaced practically N17 billion month-to-month since their operations had been grounded, as a part of efforts to curb the unfold of the virus.
“We’re in very troublesome moments like everybody else. All of this began as a result of somebody travelled and sadly got here again house with it and the consequence is what we’ve been going via.
“We’re the worst hit, than another sector. Some N17 billion month-to-month is being misplaced by the airways, because of COVID-19,” the minister stated.
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Talking additional, Sirika famous that the sector is extremely regulated and really coordinated and has set requirements that should be adopted always, regardless, as a result of it speaks to security.
This, in accordance with him, would imply that “we will not be able to open up after closing for several weeks and perhaps for some months”.
“There are safety issues and concerns. Those airplanes have been kept and when we are going to bring them back into service, we will have to ensure that they are airworthy and that they can make those flights safely,” he added.
“So additionally, for the flight crew, they’ve sure requirements they need to conform with. They’ve licencing points which can fall due for recurrency to be accomplished inside this era, so what do you do with them.
“Definitely they gained’t simply choose up their luggage and proceed the place they left. They have to conform to these requirements and make sure that they’re protected to function each by way of their well being and their proficiency to have the ability to conduct a really protected flight”.