Covid 19: Ethiopian Airlines evacuates 385 Americans, 200 Canadians from Lagos, Abuja

Ethiopian Airlines evacuates today April 6th evacuated 385 Americans from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The airlines also evacuated 200 Canadians from Lagos and Abuja to Addis Ababa enroute Toronto Canada with a B767 Aircraft. The 385 American were evacuated to Washington DC with a B777-300 aircraft. Foreign countries have been evacuating its nationals from Nigeria in the heat of the Covid 19 pandemic and following the stoppage of international flights by the federal government to Nigeria and many other countries to stem the spread of the virus. Just…

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Fight against Covid 19: Air Peace delivers FG’s medical supplies

The federal government on Saturday night took delivery of its first batch of medical supplies in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic and for the treatment of those who are infected.   Air Peace aircraft, Boeing 777 with registration number, 5N-BWI landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday night.  Inside source disclosed that the flight left Nigeria early Saturday for the seven hours flight to Turkey and was able to lift the supplies and returned to Nigeria before midnight.  The source also…

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Passenger demand plunges on Covid-19 travel restrictions, As African airlines’ traffic slip 1.1 %

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger traffic data for February 2020 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell 14.1percent compared to February 2019. This was the steepest decline in traffic since 9.11 and reflected collapsing domestic travel in China and sharply falling international demand to/from and within the Asia-Pacific region, owing to the spreading COVID-19 virus and government-imposed travel restrictions. February capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) fell 8.7percent as airlines scrambled to trim capacity in line with plunging traffic, and…

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Nigeria’s airlines suffer $0.76b revenue loss, risks 91,380 jobs, as IATA calls for urgent govt. support

The International Air Transport Association, IATA has strengthened its call for urgent action from governments in Africa and the Middle East to provide financial relief to airlines as the latest IATA scenario for potential revenue loss by carriers in Africa and the Middle East reached US$23 billion (US$19 billion in the Middle East and US$4 billion in Africa).   This translates into a drop of industry revenues of 32percent for Africa and 39 percent for the Middle East for 2020 as compared to 2019. Some of the impacts at national…

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Don’t abandon staff this Covid 19 period, Nnaji appeals to Max Air, others

The House Committee Chairman on Aviation, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji has appealed to airlines and private organisations within the aviation sector not to abandon their staff in this period of uncertainties occasioned by COVID19 pandemic. Hon. Nnaji who represents Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State said he was disturbed by the memo issued to its staff by Max Air to the effect that it would not pay them salaries for the period of the two weeks lockdown directive by the federal government. He noted that “the memo which has now…

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Air cargo demand slumps in February as COVID-19 takes hold

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released February 2020 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs*), decreased by 1.4 percent compared to the same period in 2019. Adjusting the comparison for the impact of the Lunar New Year, which fell in February in 2019, and the leap year in 2020, which meant an additional day of activity, seasonally-adjusted demand was down 9.1percent month-on-month in February.  By February, the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on air cargo demand were becoming visible.…

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Covid-19 : Flight Safety Foundation advises aviation industry players not to relegate safety

Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), an independent, non-profit, international organisation has called on aviation industry players around the world not to relegate safety in the system despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 virus pandemic. The foundation regretted that the coronavirus pandemic was having an overwhelming effect on aviation and represented the biggest strategic shock to the global aviation system since international air travel began, but noted safety should still be taken with the seriousness it deserves. The foundation in a document made available to all aviation operators around the world, said…

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Air Peace evacuates 274 Israelis to Tell-Aviv

Air Peace has evacuated about 274 Israelis from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Israel’s major city, Tel-Aviv. The flight, which airlifted 65 passengers from Lagos and 209 passengers from Abuja was operated by Air Peace Boeing 777-300 with registration number 5N-BWI. The Chairman and CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema described the flight as historical because it is the first time Nigeria and Israel would have a direct flight and expressed hope that subsequently the two countries would have scheduled…

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Susan Akporiaye takes over as 44th NANTA president, promises continuity

Mrs Susan Akporiaye was today, Friday March 27, sworn in as the 44th president of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies, NANTA. Mrs Akporiaye took over from Mr Bankole Bernard who was the immediate past president of the association. Speaking after she was sworn in, Mrs Akporiaye assured NANTA members and stakeholders of continuity as one of the outgoing executives of the last administration. In her words; “On one hand you are assured of continuity because i was one of the outgoing executives of the last administration”. She noted…

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Covid-19: Dana Air offers FG resources, aircraft to ferry relief materials

As part of support to federal government’s efforts towards curbing the further spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria, Dana Air has offered its resources, aircraft and crew to assist the nation in the battle against Coronavirus.  The airline in a letter to the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, expressed support to contribute in the ferry of machine, equipment and relief materials to different states, and locations where they are needed within the country.  According to the letter signed by the chief executive officer of the airline, Jacky Hathiramani, Dana Air will make available resources,…

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