Harold Demuren, former Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, said in a statement to the press, following BASA`s renegotiations between Nigeria and Qatar in 2016, that the agreement reached by the Qatar-designated airline, which had seven frequencies to Nigeria at the time, gave more entry points to the country. , thus exacerbating the problems of national airlines. His argument was that the country did not have a local airline capable of competing with Qatar Airways, which made the agreement unilateral, despite the confidence of Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, that signing the agreement would result in much more investment and business opportunities between Qatar and Nigeria. Since 1992, the Ministry has adopted an "open skies" policy to eliminate government involvement in airline decision-making in international markets through routes, capacity and pricing. Outdoor agreements also contain provisions for business opportunities, security and security. The United States has negotiated "open skies" agreements with more than 100 aviation partners. It is clear that some BASAs have been negotiated or renegotiated without fully considering the trade elements necessary to enable the industry to benefit from the proposed targeted benefits of BASA, and the focus has not been on the economic conditions in which the country operates. For example, most agreements provide for the payment of royalties to the Nigerian government if Nigerian designated carriers are unable to return the favour under the agreement. This may be a reasonable way to increase government revenues under the agreement, but it does nothing commercial for the industry. In some cases, agreements have been signed to stop the payment of these royalties. In contrast, in 2014, Emirates reached an agreement with the South African authorities for additional frequencies between South Africa and Dubai. It was reported that the additional frequencies were granted on the condition that the airline pay 40 per cent of the cost of each ticket to South Africa Airways.
As such, there was a commercial advantage for the national airline and the nation, through enlargement. It is recommended that the government consider similar or other business options to encourage domestic carriers to continue their operations and possibly expand their operations internationally.