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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Canada evacuation: Nigerians laud FG’s Insistence on using indigenous carrier

Many Nigerians have commended the federal government by insisting that a Nigerian carrier, Air Peace must be allowed to evacuate stranded Nigerians from Canada. The federal government designated the Nigerian airline to airlift the evacuees but the Canada High Commission preferred Ethiopian Airline to bring Nigerians back to the country at higher cost and spending longer time because it would first take the evacuees to Addis Ababa before bringing them to Nigeria. But the federal government has defied the Canada High Commission in Nigeria, insisting that the Nigerian carrier it…

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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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NAMA to begin installation of VSAT station, VHF radio systems at Akanu Ibiam Airport

Photo Caption: NAMA Director of Operations, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok (left) presents a souvenir to Rtd Air Marshal Adeola Amosu at the just concluded NATCA AGM in Kano, while NATCA President, Yomi Agoro (middle) looks on. Following the successful installation of the VSAT (very small aperture terminal) station at the Jos airport and the integration of the VHF (very high frequency) into the network in the North East corridor, the Nigerian airspace Management Agency (NAMA) will this week commence the installation of another VSAT station and VHF radio systems at the…

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Buhari approves N10b for upgrade of Enugu Int’l Airport

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of 10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. President Buhari while approving the fund said he has the assurance of the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards. The president in his official tweet handle stated that: “I have approved the sum of 10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. I have…

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Airports: FG assures of improvement in safety, security, as FAAN graduates 727 AVSEC, fire officers  

Photo Caption: Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, performing different roles during the match pass The minister of Aviation has said that the federal government of Nigeria will continue to improve on safety and security at the nation’s airports through training and capacity development of staff, in line with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization. He made this disclosure at the passing out parade for 727 Aviation Security and Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Firefighting Services personnel held in Service Development Centre, Afaka, Kaduna State on Saturday, September 7,…

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Suggestions that Aero, Arik be merged to form National Carrier not tenable – Sirika

The minister of state, aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said the suggestions that Aero and Arik Airlines which are under the control of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, (AMCON) should be merged to form a National Carrier is not tenable. Sirika said it is not tenable because as the National Carrier, it would get entangled with the huge indebtedness of the airlines and other encumbrances. Speaking in Lagos recently during the stakeholders forum, the minister insisted that Nigeria deserves a National Carrier for its many benefits. He explained that the…

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Benin Airport to operate night flights as minister inaugurates critical landing equipment

The federal government of Nigeria has upgraded the Benin Airport to perform night flights and flights during low visibility with the installation of Precision Approach Lighting System and Instrument Landing System Category II, commissioned by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika. Sirika during the commissioning of the equipment at Benin Airport said the executive Governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki had expressed his worries on why aircraft cannot land at night, during bad weather and low visibility and why there is no ILS. “From now on,…

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FG to shut down Akanu Ibiam Int’l Airport Enugu

The minister of state for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has disclosed that the federal government will soon close down the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu because of its terrible state. Speaking in Lagos on Friday during a stakeholders forum, Senator Sirika said the airport will be downgraded in-terms of international operations because of the state of the runway which has a market at the end of it, a free trade zone and and a mast. He said Ethiopian Airlines may be stopped from flying to Enugu if they did not…

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Buhari shows commitment to well-being of Nigerians by paying ex Nigeria Airways staff – Minister

The minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the commitment to the well-being of Nigerians led President Muhammadu Buhari to end the 14 year wait and suffering of the 5996 former staffers of Nigeria Airways who have started receiving payment of their pension arrears and other benefits from the federal government. Alhaji Lai Mohammed who said this in his speech at the rally organised by the ex-workers of Nigerian Airways in Lagos on Friday to support the re-election of President Buhari, noted that since the liquidation of Nigerian…

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