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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Bi-Courtney Chairman, Babalakin, Air Peace boss, Onyema, aviation heads , others to lead discussions at 26th annual LAAC conference

The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in the Nigerian aviation industry, Dr. Wale Babalakin, the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), Barr. Allen Onyema and other aviation heads would constitute a panel of discussants at the forthcoming 26th annual conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC). The conference, which is scheduled to hold on July 28, 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, have received the approvals of Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation and other critical stakeholders, which cut across the airline and ground handling…

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Nigeria loses about N1.25 trillion in maintenance of aircraft to foreign MROs in 2021

Nigeria lost at least $2.5 billion (about N1.25 trillion) in the maintenance of its aircraft to foreign Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities in 2021. There are also indications that President Muhammadu Buhari would at any moment soon give assent to the new Civil Aviation Bill, recently passed by the National Assembly. Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja at the maiden edition of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) National Aviation Conferences (FNAC) with the theme: ‘Advancing the Frontiers of Possibilities for Safe, Secure and Profitable Air Transport,’ in a…

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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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Sirika appeals to AON to consider multiplier effect of shutting down operations on Nigerians, global travellers

The minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has appealled to the airline operators, even in the difficult situation, to consider the multiplier effect of shutting down operations, on Nigerians and global travellers, in taking their business-informed decisions and actions while the efforts to assuage the situation are on. The minister while reacting to the AON threat in a statement signed by Mr. James Odaudu, Special Assistant to the Minister on Public Affairs explained that as the Ministry charged with the management of the industry, they are greatly concerned about the…

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High cost of Jet AI: AON to suspend operations nationwide from Monday until further notice

The Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, has announced that its member airlines will discontinue operations nationwide with effect from Monday May 9, 2022 until further notice over high cost of Aviation fuel. The AON in a statement jointly signed by Alhaji (Dr.) Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, President, Alhaji Shehu Wada – Executive Director, Max Air, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, – Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines, Capt. Mfon Udom – CEO, Ibom Air, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, CEO, Arik Air, Capt. Abdullahi Mahmood, CEO Aero Contractors Alhaji Faisal Abdulmunaf, MD Azman Air,Capt. Edward Boyo –…

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‎Emirates offer, an endorsement of national carrier

The management of Emirates Airlines recently made an offer to partner with the Nigerian Government in its quest to establish a national carrier and this has elicited requests for clarification, mostly from the media and industry stakeholders. Speaking recently during a panel session moderated by Richard Quest to discuss the future of Aviation at the Dubai Expo 2020, Tim Clark, President of Emirates said the organization would be very happy to help if any assistance was required in starting the national carrier. According to Clark who was speaking in support…

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Missed flight: Air Peace to meet with Emir of Kano soon — Onyema

The management of Air Peace has said that it would meet with Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano and the emirate very soon in a bid to resolve the misunderstanding between the two arising from last week’s missed flight by the emir and his entourage. This is as the airline has said that it would not like the issue to heat up the polity, maintaining that it would continue to preach peace and unity of Nigeria. Barr. Allen Onyema, the Chairman, Air Peace, made the statement on Monday when…

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New NCAA Directors assume duty

Photo Caption L-R: Capt. Chris Najomo, new director, Air transport regulations and his predecessor, retired group Capt, Oyo-Ita during the handover notes at NCAA Headquarters in Abuja Thursday. he Newly appointed Directors for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA has assumed duty as they have been formally handed over to by their predecessors. Last week, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika appointed and redeployed directors and key officers across three aviation agencies. The new Directors, Capt. Chris Najomo is to oversee the Directorate of Air Transport Regulations, Engineer Ajiboye…

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AON lauds Sirika, FG on professional handling of UAE-Nigeria aeropolitics

The umbrella body of all airlines in Nigeria, Airline Operators of Nigeria(AON), has commended the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Abubakar Sirika, for the courageous way he stood up for the honour, dignity and respect to Nigeria’s sovereignty as a nation on the diplomatic matter between Nigeria and UAE. The body, in a press statement issued on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his unwavering stance on the issue which emboldened the Minister of Aviation to reciprocate with equal measures the treatment meted out to…

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