Private Jets Nigeria says it has lost over $5billion to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
The association’s Chief Operating Officer, Omotade Lepe, disclosed this during the Luxury Reporter Facebook Live Series, which had the theme, “The Private Jets Sector Post- COVID-19.″
Lepe described this pandemic period as the most challenging for operators due to the loss of huge revenue, decline in flight requests, among others as overhead remained fixed.
“COVID-19 has dealt seriously with the aviation sector generally but for the private jet operators, we can say we have lost over five billion dollars while the pandemic ravaged the world,” he said.
He added that the association had put in place some measures to revamp their business after the Coronavirus pandemic to enable its members to recover lost revenue.
“The private jet business does not ordinarily warrant marketing but in view of the business outlook now, we will be reaching out to improve patronage. We are going to stop our previous attitude of ‘our customers know us’ and take our services to the customers,” he said.
Lepe, however, added that in line with the requirements of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the private jet operators would ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, in addition to some other safety rules.
“Private jets give room for automatic social distancing as against commercial flights,” he said.
He assured that mandatory temperature checks, use of face masks, sanitisers, among other protocols, would be enforced when flight operations resume later this month.