The Managing Director, Dana Air, Jacky Hathiramani, has applauded the Minister of State Aviation, Capt. Hadi Sirika over the execution of the Kaduna Airport as alternate to Abuja Airport.
Hathirmani gave the commendation in a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by Kingsley Ezenwa, the airline’s Communications Manager.
Hathirmani had earlier carried out a spot-check of the Kaduna International Airport.
The airline boss said considering the time and the urgent need for the Abuja airport to be closed for desired maintenance, the minister and the aviation agencies should be commended.
“This commendation is for the speed, tireless work and commitment they have shown in ensuring that the airport is world-class for passengers flying in and out of Kaduna,” he said.
Hathirmani disclosed that more passengers were now embracing the Kaduna Airport as alternate to Abuja and cargo services were also improving gradually.
The airline boss also said the Kaduna–Abuja expressway is now smooth and okay for passengers to connect from Kaduna to Abuja.
“The security arrangement on the road is also commendable. I just went for a meeting in Abuja and I have taken time to assess the facilities.
“Some of the facilities here are world-class and it is just two hours to Abuja.
“For us, we are always conscious of the fact that passengers will be connecting Abuja from here.
“We have made adequate arrangements to ensure that all our departures from Lagos to Kaduna and other routes are as scheduled,” he said.
Commenting on the inability of passengers to pay their fares using Point of Sales (POS), the managing director said the airline now had its POS working.
“We had to fast-track the process with our banks in order to reduce the burden on our passengers.
“I also sighted an ATM somewhere around. Things are coming up to speed here and I think it’s good for the industry.
“As you may be aware, everything we do at Dana Air is geared towards ensuring that passengers get all they need without hassles
Speaking further, he urged the airline’s passengers to take advantage of the airline’s low fares and superior on-time performance.
The airline boss advised passengers to be patient as the ministry and its agencies would continue to improve facilities at the Kaduna Airport to their satisfaction.