Aviation sector undergoing revolution under Buhari’s administration – APC group

By Godwin Amunde The APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign, a voluntary think-tank of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), says the aviation sector in Nigeria is undergoing a revolution under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The group said the revolution is evident in the investments made in infrastructural development and capacity building in the sector. In a statement, signed by the quartet of Barr Ismail Ahmed, Lanre Issa-Onilu, Tolu Ogunlesi and Salihu Moh Lukman, the group said that the Buhari administration has kept faith with the Aviation Roadmap it…

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Nigeria’s national carrier to commence operation in 2022 – Minister 

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has announced that the national carrier will commence operations next year. The minister, who stated this in Abuja yesterday, while briefing State House correspondents on the achievements of his ministry, assured Nigerians that efforts were in place to make air transportation more affordable through an improvement of facilities and services. Sirika also said plans were underway to establish an Aerospace University which would boost aviation activities as well as produce the needed manpower in the sector. He explained that the university which would…

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UAE makes U-turn, suspends flights from Nigeria

The United Arab Emirates, (UAE), has again suspended flights to and from Nigeria, 48 hours after lifting the initial ban. The decision, which was meant to be effective by 23rd June, has been reversed, as revealed in an announcement by Emirates Airlines in an issued statement via its official website yesterday. Recall that Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management had earlier announced the resumption of flights from Nigeria after several months of a ban in line with the country’s Covid-19 protocols. “In line with government directives, passenger flights…

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New national carrier, Nigeria Air, to take off first quarter 2022, says Aviation Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, yesterday revealed that the proposed new national carrier, Nigeria Air, will commence operation in the first quarter of 2022. Sirika, who disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, yesterday, said the new national carrier is long overdue and the private sector-run airline will be in operation by early 2022, with possibly cheaper rates. The minister  noted that the new national carrier is expected to be a viable airline and is potentially poised to cater to millions…

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Kano: Emir, many passengers escape death in Abuja-bound Max Air

Many air passengers, including the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado-Bayero, escaped death by whiskers as Kano-Abuja Max Air aircraft developed engine failure, 10 minutes after take-off from the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, (MAKIA). According to reports, the Max Air plane with the number VM1645 which was slated for take-off at 1.30 pm had about a 30minutes delay.The aircraft later took off around 2:00 pm with passengers filled to the brim. It was gathered that 10 minutes after the take-off, the aircraft began to swerve around the air until it…

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Emirates to start airlifting Nigerian passengers from Feb. 28

The United Arab Emirates, (UAE) mega carrier, Emirates Airlines, has announced that it would start airlifting Nigerian passengers from Lagos and Abuja to its hub in Dubai from February 28, 2021. Emirates spokesperson made this known in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday, saying the airline would continue to operate its inbound flight to Nigeria. According to the statement, the suspension of flights from Nigeria was in line with UAE Government’s directive. It also reiterated that Nigerian passengers would not be allowed to transit from any other airport outside…

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Dollar addiction: Nigerians spend over $35 bn on travel allowances

Nigerians have spent roughly $65 billion in the last 10 years on travel-related allowances, data from the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has revealed. In the last 5 years, travel allowances – which can also be broken down into business and personal travel, topped $35.5 billion between 2015 and 2019. Travel allowances include Personal and Business Travel, while many Nigerians spend more on education-related travel compared to business-related travel. Travel allowances are a major component of Nigeria’s dollar utilization and can be found in the breakdown of Nigeria’s balance of…

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