Evacuation flights: House committee on aviation asks aviation authorities to deny titan airlines landing rights

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation chaired by Honourable Nnolim Nnaji has warned that on no account should a UK based Titan Airways be granted approval to fly into the country for evacuation flight if Nigerian Airline is refused landing rights for similar flight by the United Kingdom Authorities. The committee arrived at this decision at the end of the investigative hearing Friday on the use of foreign airlines to evacuate stranded Nigerians out of the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America by Emirates…

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Air Peace evacuates 301 Chinese from Nigeria

Nigeria major carrier, Air Peace on Thursday evacuated 301 Chinese from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China’s most populous, commercial city. The evacuation which was arranged by the Chinese government took off about 10: 00 pm Nigerian time and arrived at about 1:15 pm Nigerian time on Friday. The Nigeria carrier was also the airline that evacuated Israelis living in Nigeria late March and has been contacted by other countries for evacuation operations. Spokesman of the airline, Stanley Olisa confirmed the successful flight…

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Building infrastructure key to survival of aviation industry

Building aviation infrastructure has been identified as the way forward for the aviation industry to survive post covid-19. This was the call made by panelists at the second edition of the aviation webinar organized by AELEX Partners. With the theme “Flying into Turbulent Skies, Safely Navigating covid-19 Headwinds – Survival Strategies for Nigerian Aviation”, the conversation was centered on economic policy, state support and finance issues affecting airlines, airports and other stakeholders in the aviation industry. Moderated by Mr. L Fubara Anga, the Head of Transportation and Finance Practice Groups,…

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AMCON injected ₦50billion to stabilise aviation, urges FG to bailout sector over covid-19

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) said it has injected around N50billion into the aviation sector solely to stabilize airline operations in the country between 2012 and 2020. This was disclosed on Wednesday by Mr. Aminu Ismail, the executive director, Operations at AMCON. He said AMCON’s intervention led to the purchase of about $1 billion Non-Performing Loans (NPL’s) from Nigerian banks owed by major Nigerian airlines including Aero Contractors, Arik Air amongst others. Although the aviation sector accounts for around 8 per cent of AMCON’s restructuring portfolio, Ismail explained that…

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Police drag GTB, 2 others to Court over alleged $667, 000 fraud

The Police Special Fraud unit (PSFU), has dragged Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Plc and two others before a Federal High Court, Lagos, over alleged $667, 000 USD, fraudulently lodged with the bank. Others joined with GTB Plc in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/586/2020, are: Albert Austine Ugochukwu and a limited liability company, Tasmara Integrated Services Limited. GTB Plc and others were brought before the court presided over by Justice Ayokunle Faji, by PSFU in a motion exparte, pursuant to section 6(6)(b), (2)(k) of the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria…

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Ethiopian Airlines not contracted to evacuate Nigerians from Canada- GM Mekonnen

Contrary to reports that Ethiopian Airlines has been given the go ahead order to evacuate Nigerians from Canada by the Canadian Embassy, the management of the Airline has stated that the airline is not yet contracted to evacuate Nigerians from Canada. The Airline explained in a statement signed by the general manager in Nigeria, Mrs Firihewot Mekonnen that it only evacuated 187 Canadians and resident permit holders from Nigeria on 21 May from Lagos airport on B787 to Addis Ababa onward transfer to Canada. Mekonnen said Ethiopian Airlines has been…

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UK Government announces three more charter flights for British travellers

Hundreds more British travellers are set to return home from Nigeria on three flights chartered by the UK Government. More than 1,700 British travellers have already returned to the UK on special charter flights in April and May – from Lagos and Abuja. Details of the new flights are: • Friday 29 May: Lagos – London • Monday 1 June: Lagos – London • Saturday 6 June: Abuja – London A UK organised special internal charter flight will travel from Port Harcourt to Abuja on Saturday 6 June to enable…

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Canadian evacuation: Hon Nnaji rejects use of Ethiopian Airlines

The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji has warned that any attempt to use foreign airline to evacuate stranded Nigerians from Canada would not be condoned by the House. Honourable Nnaji who was reacting to the persistent refusal of the Canadian Authorities to grant Air Peace airline landing rights for the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in Canada said the position of the House of Representatives was very clear on the issue of evacuation flights. He explained that the House in adopting the motion on the use…

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Crisis brews in NASRDA over substantive DG

There is currently a scramble for leadership at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) over the leadership of the parastatal as the former acting director general, Mr. Jonathan Angulu retired from the agency on the 15th of this month. Being science based, the leadership of the agency is picked from the agency, but there is disquiet over the refusal to elevate the most senior in the agency. The retired director general, a history graduate, was appointed in acting capacity on in June last year after the expiration of…

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ART expresses displeasure on botched Air Peace evacuation from Canada

The Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) has expressed displeasure on the botched Air Peace evacuation mission to airlift stranded Nigerians from Canada due to the prevalent global lockdown caused by the Corona Virus pandemic. The ART in a statement signed by Mr. Olumide Ohunayo rejected in totality the nebulous safety concerns conveyed by the government of Canada. According to Ohunayo: “ART views this action not only as an unfriendly act but an unwarranted discriminatory and anti- competition acts bordering on avoidable aeropolitics. The demand of our common humanity at…

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