Six Nigerian airlines, including Air Peace, Azman Air, United Nigeria Airline, Arik Air, Aero Contractors, and Max Air, have formed the ‘Spring Alliance’ to mutually support one another’s operations and enhance service delivery to their customers.
Speaking on the Alliance, which was signed in Lagos on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the Chairman of Air Peace and Vice-president of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Allen Onyema, stated that the Alliance would benefit passengers who fly with the six airlines.
This event is coming a few weeks after airlines across the board hiked up fares with a one-way economy ticket costing N50,000 as against the N25,000 to N30,000 in the past.
Onyema added that with the alliance protection, customers on any of the airlines would be covered if one of the carriers experienced a problem.
“It is our response to the complaints of the flying public, so this alliance will enable us to satisfy them,” he said.’
Onyema emphasized that the move to build the alliance was a revolution in Nigeria’s aviation sector, and he urged other airlines to join to take advantage of the alliance’s benefits.
He claimed that the Spring Alliance is not limited to Nigerian airlines and that other African airlines may join as well.
The Managing Director, Aero Contractors, Capt. Abdullahi Mahmood noted that the formation of the Spring Alliance is a historic move, which prioritises the satisfaction of the passengers.
The CEO of United Nigeria Airline, Obiora Okonkwo, said the alliance would revolutionise flight services for the Nigerian flying public, as passenger satisfaction is the major objective behind the formation of the alliance.
However, former Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi noted that the timing is wrong as it was coming at a time the “public is accusing the operators of meeting and fixing prices.