Nigerian carriers Dana Air and Ibom Air yesterday reached agreement on their first interline/codeshare agreement after years of pushing by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
A codeshare agreement is a business agreement in which two or more airlines publish and market the same flights under their own airline designator and flight number, known as the airline flight code.
It is believed by industry expert that such codeshare or interline agreements would enhance domestic airline operation, thereby reducing flight delays and cancellations, as well as reducing operational expenditures and generating more profits for the participating airlines.
The Chief Operating Officer of Ibom Air, George Uriesi, who disclosed this at the quarterly Aviation Round Table (ART) breakfast meeting held virtually with the theme: ‘Utilising Interlining and Codeshare Agreements as Tools for Domestic Airlines Profitability and Passenger Comfort’, gave details of the extent at which his airline had gone to bring the innovation to fruition.
He stated that his airline just completed the process of interlining with some Nigerian airlines, adding: “We intend to launch the service in May 2021.”
Uriesi pointed out that the airline industry is competitive because of the proliferation of airlines in a small market, which leaves lots of empty seats when doors to the aircraft are closed.
According to him
We are on the last phase of the interline project. By May, we shall launch it. The challenge of it is to have partners who are organised and who meet up with the organisation of your company. Your workforce has to work together, seat together to look at your schedule, and integrate into your reservation system.
NCAA Director-General Musa Nuhu commended the two airlines and Uriesi for the idea that he believes will maximize profits, enhance passenger comfort, and eliminate flight delays.