Aviation under Buhari mixed

Aviation under Buhari mixed

The state of Nigerian aviation under President Muhammadu Buhari in the past one year could best be described mixed, writes WOLE SHADARE The aviation industry, in the past one year under the administration of President Buhari, started slowly. Expectations were high, going by the fact that the new administrators were expected to give the sector a positive direction, compared to what happened previously. The appointment of Rotimi Amaechi and Hadi Sirika as minister of transportation…

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UK, Australia deport 40 Nigerians

UK, Australia deport 40 Nigerians

The, United Kingdom and Australia today deported 40 Nigerians for various immigration offences. This is the second time in two months that the UK would deport Nigerians over various offences committed by them. The deportees comprising males and females, arrived the hajj camp area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7:25am in a chartered aircraft. The chartered aircraft with registration number ZTA -4741 brought into the country 36 Nigerians comprising 29 males and seven…

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Africa to be fastest growing aviation region in 20 years – IATA

Africa to be fastest growing aviation region in 20 years – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Africa is set to be one of the fastest-growing aviation regions over the next 20 years, with annual expansion averaging nearly five per cent.   This, it said opens up incredible economic opportunities for the continents 54 nations.   Caption: From left: Regional Vice-President (Africa and Middle- East, IATA, Hussein Dabbas; Deputy Regional Director, ICAO Gaoussou Konate; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation,  Alhaji Sabiu Zakari; Secretary-General of African…

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Airlines to enjoy forex priority status

Airlines to enjoy forex priority status

*Seek waiver execution Ministry of Aviation is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ministry of Budget and National Planning and Ministry of Finance to include airlines in priority list of foreign exchange allocation, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said   The Minister stated this in a paper he presented at the stakeholders’ meeting he held with airline operators, aviation agencies and experts in the sector where he unfolded plans to tackle…

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Concern over airports as Abuja runway expired 14 years ago

Concern over airports as Abuja runway expired 14 years ago

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja runway, which was constructed 34 years ago, has outlived its lifespan by over 14 years,woleshadare.net has learnt. A former Director of Airport Operation of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), who spoke under the condition of anonymity, disclosed this to our correspondent. The source stated that the Abuja airport runway and many others were built over 30 years ago, stressing that Abuja facility was built in 1982.  He…

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Nigerian airspace safe, NAMA assures stakeholders

Nigerian airspace safe, NAMA assures stakeholders

Nigerian airspace safe, says NAMA The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has assured stakeholders that the nation’s airspace remains one of the safest on the continent of Africa for air navigation. Speaking while declaring open the demonstration of Aircraft e-Clearance User Acceptance Test Module to National Air Defence Corp, Security Agencies and other stakeholders in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Ag. Managing Director of NAMA,  Emma Anasi noted that the agency in the recent past…

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Foreign carriers’ trapped funds rise to $4.7 in Nigeria, Venezuela

Foreign carriers’ trapped funds rise to $4.7 in Nigeria, Venezuela

*IATA, report rank Africa as highest in airport taxes *FAAN rakes $34 m annually from airport taxes      The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today ranked Nigeria and Venezuela as two countries with highest number of airlines’ funds trapped in their countries. This is coming at a time the clearing house for global airlines is engaging the Federal Government at all levels to ensure that issues with trapped funds are resolved. The group at…

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Egypt Plane Crash: Airbus’ A320, Workhorse of the Skies

Egypt Plane Crash: Airbus’ A320, Workhorse of the Skies

The Airbus A320, the model of the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean on Thursday, is one of the most common planes in service around the world today. Some key facts about it: —Similar to the Boeing 737, the single-aisle, twin-engine jet is used to connect cities that are between one and five hours apart. —The A320 is generally considered one of the safest passenger planes in service. Airbus says it has had 11…

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Flight MS804: Egypt’s tourism trade ‘one disaster from being finished’

Flight MS804: Egypt’s tourism trade ‘one disaster from being finished’

 * EgyptAir plane disappears, terrorism suspected   After a decade of political turmoil and the downing of a holiday jet last year, tourism in Egypt was left in a desperate state – so will the MS804 tragedy sound the death knell for the industry? Figures from February this year show that visitor numbers to Egypt practically halved and the average number of nights spent in the country is down by 67.2 per cent compared to…

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IATA confirms line up for Aviation Day Africa summit

IATA confirms line up for Aviation Day Africa summit

*Experts to debate pressing aviation issues The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has confirmed the lineup for its 2016 Aviation Day Africa Summit, with theme, “Driving African Economies through the Power of Aviation, scheduled to hold in Abuja, Nigeria on May 23-24, 2016. Senior IATA officials will be joined by the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar. S. Usman, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika. The Deputy Regional…

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