Aviation stakeholders acknowledge interlining, code-share as tools for domestic airlines profitability, passengers comfort

Nigeria Aviation industry stakeholders webinar conference has acknowledged that interlining and code-share are veritable tools for domestic airlines profitability and passengers comfort. The stakeholders noted that flight cancellation and the perishabililty of unused seats are important challenges to trigger interlining and code-share agreements as tools for minimising hardship experienced by passengers and the enhancement of airlines profitability, quality of service and revenue generation. They noted that interline and code-share are business decisions not to be initiated by regulatory fiat, but by endorsement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA as…

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IATA welcomes G20 push to restart tourism

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the agreement by the G20 Tourism Ministers to support the safe restoration of mobility by following the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism. IATA urged G20 governments to quickly follow up their endorsement of the guidelines with actions, particularly the five-point agenda to safely restore mobility: Sharing information among industry and governments to inform policies and decisions to ensure safe mobility. Agreeing common international approaches to COVID-19 testing, vaccination, certification and information. Promoting digital traveler identity, biometrics and contactless transactions…

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United Nigeria Airlines increases frequency to Lagos, Abuja

United Nigeria Airlines has announced an increase in flight frequency from the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MM2) in Ikeja, Lagos into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja and vice versa. With the development, United Nigeria Airlines will additionally fly Lagos-Abuja at 16:00hrs every day. United Nigeria Airlines will also, additionally, fly Abuja-Lagos every day at 17:30hrs The new schedule adds to United Nigeria Airlines regular schedule on the Lagos-Abuja-Lagos route which emanates from MM2 at 13:00hrs and from Abuja at 14:30hrs. The airline said the additional schedule is effective Friday, May…

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Arik Air reinstates flights to Maiduguri

Arik Air is set to reintroduce flights from Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with effect from Monday, May 10, 2021. The airline said passengers travelling from Lagos can connect seamlessly to the service from Abuja. Arik Air stated that the four weekly Abuja-Maiduguri flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline is assuring passengers of their safety and well-being at every stage of flight, as the airline’s crew are poised to give customers the Arik signature treatment. Arik Air’s chief executive officer,…

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Airline operators are still paying Custom duties despite government waiver – Capt. Mshelia

The Chairman West Link Airlines, Capt. Ibrahim Mshelia, has disclosed that despite the government waiver on customs duties given to airline operators on aircraft parts, the operators are still paying duties. Speaking in a recent interview with Aviation Correspondents in Lagos, Capt. Mshelia asked who is collecting the duties the operators are paying. “I have the evidence that we are paying. Meanwhile, government has approved these things since, but we are still paying,” he said. West Link Airlines boss advised the government to start accepting advice from genuine professionals in…

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Air Peace makes history as first airline to land in Anambra Airport

Air Peace has added another first to its kitty by becoming the first airline to land its aircraft at the Anambra International Passenger and Cargo Airport. The foremost airline deployed two of its aircraft- an Embraer 145 and a Boeing 737- for the demonstration flights to unveil the airport sited in the Umuleri axis of the state. Speaking at the event, the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, expressed gratitude to the federal government for approving and enabling the project. Onyema noted that the airport was one of the ‘fastest…

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Ethiopian Airlines Group honoured with gold award for volume of cargo transported

Ethiopian Airlines Group has been honored with gold award for the volume of cargo transported to and from Guangdong Airport in 2020. Logistics of Guangdong Airport Authority Co. Ltd. has awarded Ethiopian as the Gold Award winner of International Airlines Cargo Volume during the 2021 Logistics of Guangdong Airport Authority Client Seminar, held in Guangzhou. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said ‘’We are grateful to Logistics of Guangdong Airport Authority Co. Ltd. for honoring us with this special award in recognition of our efforts. China is one of…

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NANTA flags off housing scheme for members

National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA has flagged off its first pilot Housing scheme of 500 units, comprising of two and three bedroom terrace and three bedroom detached categories for its members. The first instance of this strategic and futuristic welfare scheme under NANTA cooperative society, nursed to fruition by the Abuja zone of the association, will be powered by Brains and Hammers, a reputable estate development firm, currently handling the massive five thousand Housing scheme at Kubwa city estate. The NANTA exclusive estate, will be carved out of…

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Ethiopian becomes First African Airline to Trial IATA Travel Pass

Ethiopian Airlines has become the first African airline to conduct trial of IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications . As travel restarts, travelers need accurate COVID 19 related information like testing and vaccine requirements which vary among countries. The IATA Travel Pass initiative helps verify the authenticity of test information presented by travelers which is essential for ensuring the safety of passengers while complying with entry requirements of countries. The trial will be conducted on flights out of Addis Ababa…

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UNWTO, IATA partner on Destination Tracker to restore confidence in travel

The World Tourism Organization, UNWTO, and the International Air Transport Association, IATA, have announced a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel. It is the result of both organizations joining efforts to boost confidence and accelerate recovery of the tourism sector when borders reopen. The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker is a new free online tool for governments to provide information on COVID-19 requirements for travel and the measures in place at the destination.  The tool is available through the websites of both organizations and will provide information on: …

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