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The Many Troubles of Tunde Babalola’s Discovery Air

The Many Troubles of Tunde Babalola’s Discovery Air

The Young real estate millionaire, Tunde Babalola is in pains. He is moaning and telling all those close to him that doing business in Nigeria is hellish and brutish just as his Discovery Air runs into a minor mishap.

Trouble began for him when he could not meet his obligations to staff, and after a few months some experienced pilots who could not take it anymore resigned.

To worsen matters, Discovery then took its debt portfolio external as it began to owe, Bi-Courtney, the operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MM2). After many warnings, the airline was grounded and passengers were embarrassed for days.

And now to make matters worse, the airline’s licence has been suspended by The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operations of Discovery Air,

According to the agency, the action was taken following what it called breach of regulatory prescriptions.
Deputy General Manager, Public Relations of NCAA,  Sam Adurogboye, said Discovery Air will not operate flights until it fulfils regulatory conditions.
“This suspension would be in force pending the outcome of a comprehensive review of the airlines’ operations to be carried out by NCAA,” he said.
Adurogboye added: “The airline  failed to carry out certain corrective actions within one week from the 1st to 7th of January, 2015,  as raised  in an earlier letter to the operator.
“In pursuit of its oversight responsibilities as stipulated by law, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), carried out  a review of the operations of some domestic airlines, after which letters of warning or suspension of Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) were served on defaulters.

Consequent upon the inability to address the issues raised, the authority in its 8th of January, 2015, letter, suspended operations of the airline. This order would be in force pending the outcome of a comprehensive review of the airlines’ operations to be carried out accordingly. As much as it is not the desire of NCAA to regulate any airline out of existence, the authority views any violation of  safety regulations seriously,” he said.
According to Bababtunde Babalola, Chairman of the ailing airline which currently has two aircrafts, .
“Aviation lives on credit. Even British Airways as big as it is, if you get to Heathrow Airport in London, they would tell you they owe Aviance. So, it is not a big deal for us to owe, but what is important is whether you are a going concern and servicing your debts? If a business is a going concern, there is no way you won’t owe. In account, there are two entries anyway; credit and debit,” he said. It seems his debit is too huge to handle.

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