IATA urges African, Middle East Govts. to implement testing as alternative to quarantine measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments in Africa and Middle East (AME) to implement testing as an alternative to quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. Thirty-five countries in Africa and the Middle East have government-imposed quarantine measures in place. This is an increase of seven countries since August. The impact is that the region effectively remains in lockdown despite borders being open. Recent public opinion research showed that 88percent of travelers would not even consider traveling if quarantine measures were imposed on travelers at their destination.…

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AON elects Yunusa, Azman Airline boss as new president

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), a body of domestic airline owners, yesterday elected Alhaji (Dr.) Abdulmunaf Yunusa, founder of Azman Airline and the president of Azman group as its new president including new executive members to run the affairs of the association. The Association also elected chairman/CEO of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema as the Vice-President. Dr. Yunusa took over from Sir Nogie Meggison who has been the executive chairman of the AON. Other newly elected executive members at the Annual General Meeting of the association held at the…

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LASG to celebrate WTD in conformity with Covid 19 safety protocols

The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has said that the celebration of this year’s World Tourism Day celebration will be in conformity with Covid19 safety protocols as plans have been concluded to restrict physical participation by its stakeholders during the celebration. The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf made this known at a Technical Meeting held in preparation for the event billed for next week Sunday, 27th September, 2020. At the meeting, it was agreed that tourism stakeholders who will be participating in the…

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Only functional, operating airlines will benefit from FG’s N27b palliative – NCAA boss

The director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu has disclosed that only operating and functional airlines will benefit from the proposed N27 billion federal government palliatives for the country’s aviation industry. Speaking today, Wednesday September 16th at the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents, LAAC, Gateway Webinar Forum in Lagos, Captain Nuhu stated that though every operator in the industry is at liberty to apply, but such airline must meet the stipulated guidelines to benefit from the palliatives. The NCAA DG stated further that the…

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Arik Air announces resumption of normal flight operations

The management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has announced the resumption of normal flight operations after Monday’s disruption by a group of unionists. The airline said in a statement that all its early morning flights for Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 operated in and out of Lagos on schedule and all other flights for the day will operate as scheduled. “Once again, we apologise to all our valued customers for the disruption to their travel plans on Monday and assure them of our resolve to continually adhere to safety standards. Passengers…

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Anger as Azman Air abandons passengers at Lagos Airport over charter operation

Azman Air cancellation of its morning flight to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja on Monday has left hundreds of its passengers stranded at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos on Monday Many of the passengers claimed that they were not informed of the flight cancellation by the airline, while a few others said they got information about the cancellation late Sunday night. A travel agent who was affected by the cancellation, Mr. Adebola Adebiyi, claimed that no fewer than five of his clients were affected by the abrupt…

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Picketing: Arik apologises to passengers over flights disruption

The management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has apologised to all its customers whose travel plans were disrupted by the picketing of our operations by some disgruntled staff on Monday, September 14, 2020. The airline in a statement signed by its manager, PR & communications, Adebanji Ola, said the picketing was illegal and has no backing of the aviation unions whose leadership have embraced dialogue by attending mediatory meetings called for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Ola stated that, “the management strongly condemns this…

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Glowing tribute to Captain Paul Mamman Thahal

<Capt. Paul Mamman Thahal was a director and Co-founder of Mission Securities Limited. He is a seasoned Pilot with several years of experience in the aviation industry. He worked in different capacities in the Nigerian Airways where he became the first Nigerian Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer between 1976/79. He has flown many Nigerian and African leaders worldwide and won many international honours and award from countries like USSR, Ethiopia, Liberia, Niger, Senegal, and Jamaica just to mention a few. Thahal is an industrialist, a member and Director of many parastatals…

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Proposed new entity has nothing to do with rebranding of any airline -AMCON

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has said that its new aviation independent entity has nothing to do with rebranding of any airline, but rather exploring new options. AMCON in a statement signed by Jude Nwauzor, head, Corporate Communications Department explained that it is a public knowledge that it had approached the aviation authorities in the country seeking a licence for an independent entity where all of its aviation assets would be transferred and efficiently managed in a synergetic manner. Nwauzor noted that the development is following its mandate…

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United Airlines announces new Nonstop Service between Lagos, Washington Dulles

United Airlines today announced plans to expand its global route network with a new, non-stop service between Nigeria and the United States. Starting in late Spring 2021, United will become the only airline serving Washington, D.C. non-stop from Lagos, with three weekly flights. The new service marks United’s return to Nigeria which the airline previously served up until 2016. “We are excited to announce our return to Nigeria. This new non-stop service will strengthen our international route network and provide our customers from Nigeria with direct access to the United…

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