Sirika, Aviation Labour Leaders visit Istanbul, Brasilia Airports over Airport Concession

The Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika has led a team comprising officials of the Ministry, agencies and organized labour in the aviation industry on an inspection tour of two successfully concessioned airports. A statement signed by Mr James Odaudu, Special Assistant to the Minister on Public Affairs, said the trip is part of efforts to ensure transparency, inclusiveness, demonstrate sincerity in the Airport concession programme and to choose the right model. According to Odaudu: “The team that visited the Istanbul Airport in Turkey and the Brasilia Airport in Brazil with…

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Ibom Air, Green Africa, Arik Air, Dana, Overland confirm readiness to operate normal flight schedules Monday

The Minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has disclosed that members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, have started reviewing the decision to withdraw flight services, with Ibom Air Green Africa Airlines, Arik Air, Dana Overland Airways and others confirming that they will carry on with their normal flight schedules. Sirika expressed optimism that other members will consider the expected impact on businesses and individuals and review their decision. In a statement signed by Mr. James Odaudu, Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation on Public Affairs explained that…

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No preferred bidder for ‘Nigeria Air’ yet- FG

The Federal Ministry of aviation has disclosed that no preferred bidder has been selected for the national carrier, Nigeria Air. Ministry of Aviation is a statement signed by Mr. James Odaudu,   Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry noted that some persons with vested interests have been promoting some organisations that have bided for the forthcoming national carrier, Nigeria Air.   In the words of Odaudu, “for some time now, the name Qatar Airways has been coming up as the core investor of the airline  in the media reports, but we…

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FG closes request for qualifications deadline for Nigerian airport concession programme

The Federal Ministry of Aviation, in line with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (establishment, etc.) Act, 2005, and global best practice, has informed all stakeholders, local and international, development partners, and members of the media, that the Request for Qualifications (RfQ) phase of the Nigeria Airport Concessions programme (NACP), has come to a close at  15:00HRS Local Time (Nigeria), October 25th 2021. The Ministry of Aviation said the deadline, announced on September 13, 2021, after close deliberations with ICRC and the transaction advisers, allowed for a four (4) week extension…

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FG outlines benefits of designating four major international Airports as special economic zones

The federal ministry of Aviation has outlined the benefits of designating four major international Airports as special economic zones In a statement signed by James Odaudu, director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika stated that designating four major international Airports as special economic zones is to address issues concerning taxation, custom duties and fiscal issues in the Nigerian Aviation industry. Sirika explained that the request to the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority, NEPZA for the designation under NEPZA Act require a holistic solution. It…

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FG envisages 20 – 30 years period for airport concession, outlines reasons for concession

The federal government has disclosed that the Ministry of Aviation is envisaging a minimum of twenty (20) to thirty (30) years period for the airport concession programme, which may be extended depending on performance and Nigeria’s best interests. The minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who disclosed this in a statement signed by the director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, titled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Airport Concession, pointed out that ​infrastructure concessions of this nature come with a significant financial obligation which any responsible concessionaire will no…

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