Common man would benefit if fares are reduced
The only advantage is that distances would be covered within a relatively short period of time. Avoiding hurdles on road such as traffic and delays on the way but it would not help the common man who hasn’t got the financial means especially during these tough times. If the fares are brought down, it would help the common man.
Evans Chi, Businessman Bamenda
It would civilize our children
It is going to facilitate movement of people from Bamenda to Yaounde and Douala and back to Bamenda but I think the fare of thirty two thousand to and fro does not consider other things. What if one is travelling to be back in two years? If they have to charge these travelers double, then it means they would be losing; so the officials should look into this. Tickets should also be made for one way flights. The coming of the airport in itself is good because children who had never seen a train now have the opportunity to see. If more airline companies come to Bamenda not just Camairco, it would be good because our skies would be busy and people would also make their choices over which planes they would like to use.
David Awah, Business manager Bamenda
It would facilitate transportation
The coming of the airport to Bamenda is good and the price of flights too is cheap. It would facilitate transportation to Douala and Yaounde with ease. With the plane, the fatigues on the road are evaded. Travelling by road to Yaounde would reduce tiredness and stress that is associated with long hours when using road transport. Highways have have failed us so badly even though with air transport we don’t have access to all areas in Cameroon.
Samuel Chop, Teacher, Bamenda
Relief patients with emergency issues
We are happy that Camairco has come to Bamenda and we thank the Government for that initiative. It is a good advantage for patients who can be transported instantly to medical facilities in and out of the Region especially when it comes to emergency cases. But what if a patient needs the services of Camairco on days like Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays when planes do not fly? I think planes should be allowed to fly 24 on seven for the benefit of patients.
N Grace Yellulah, Pharmacist Bamenda
S Air transport would favour the upper class
Air transport is a big relief to the people of the Northwest region especially for those who are businessmen. It would ease their movement to other places and bring development. But I think in the nearest future, the Government should upgrade the services so that flights should move from inter regional to international. I would also say the Government is in a rush. It’s not logical to go by air when we have not finished with road constructions. I think they would have given more preference to roads because a vast majority of Cameroonians travel by road. The plight of a common man is to see that roads are developed. Air transport would only favour those of the high class who would afford.
Celestine Tatah, Teacher Bamenda
Businessmen and Working class are targeted
Camairco is supposed to be beneficial to every person but given the economic situation in Bamenda with a lot of poverty, only a certain class of people would benefit. Camairco´s activities in Bamenda targeted businessmen and working class people. Comparatively, the fares that have been fixed are cheap; it’s just that the common man cannot afford. Personally I would prefer to go by air than to use bad roads.
Roland Kinyang, Accountant Bamenda
Flights are affordable for the common man
It is a good idea by Camairco staff to settle in Bamenda and it came timely when we have problems with our road network. Considering that a greater population of Bamenda is getting more into business, flights would ease the smooth running of their business and maximize time. I think flights are very affordable for any common man compared to the stress encountered when using roads.
Solomon Mbanwei, Lawyer
A common man would hardly travel by air
It is going to serve time for those who have urgent transactions and would help those who can afford but it would not do anything to the man on the street because the cost of moving from Bamenda to Yaounde by road is by far cheaper than by air that would cost close to FCFA 33,000 so a common man would find it difficult to travel by air.
Bartholomew Fofou, Lawyer
A common man cannot fly
Camairco is going to ease movement to Yaounde and Douala. But the disturbing issue is that roads still remain bad. Not everybody can travel by air, so how does a common man go about movement. The roads within Bamenda and leading to the airport are horrible. I wonder how somebody drops at the airport and continues on a road as bad as that. However, Camairco is a great innovation that has come and we embrace it
Miranda Muluh Akumah, Lawyer Bamenda
It has no impact to the common man
It has no impact to the local man because they are poor and cannot even afford FCFA 5,000 to pay their bills so how would they afford FCFA 32,000 to pay a ticket to Yaounde or Douala. But for those who are extremely rich, there’s no problem. These are the people who can carry twenty family members to Yaounde or Douala by air.
Solomon Ebane Munongo, Animal Engineer, Bamenda
Common man isn’t privileged
Camairco´s coming to Bamenda is something we had been expecting and we received it with happiness because it is going to decongest road transport. But I fear the reliability of Camairco is not certain. I see it as a dead trap, especially as the machinery is run by the Chinese. We all know that Chinese goods are not formidable. The common man who lives from hand to mouth would never have the privilege to see the airport.
Boniface Chia, Insurer Bamenda
Compiled Jean Marie Ngong Song