FG to cut airlines’ 30 taxes, charges as carriers groan

FG to cut airlines’ 30 taxes, charges as carriers groan

Nigeria, 23 others commit to single air transport market The committee set up by the Federal Government to look at reforms in the aviation industry as regards multiple taxes charged airlines have concluded its reports. A hint into that was revealed yesterday by the Director, Air Transport Regulations, Grp. Capt. Edem Oyo-Ita (Rtd) at the sensitisation workshop on the commencement of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) to stakeholders in the Nigerian aviation sector…

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Missing luggage: Travellers’ worst nightmare

Missing luggage: Travellers’ worst nightmare

It’s every traveller’s worst nightmare. But what can be done to reduce the pain of lost luggage, asks WOLE SHADARE?   Confusion Imagine being the last person at the airport conveyor belt and coming to that slow realisation that your bag isn’t coming. Lost luggage can prove either highly irritating or, bizarrely, kind of convenient. If the airline loses your bag on the outbound flight, you’re left with only the clothes you travelled in, and…

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NCAA: Why passenger traffic, complaints fell in 2017

NCAA: Why passenger traffic, complaints fell in 2017

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has attributed the drop in passenger traffic in 2017 compared with 2016 to some of the problems associated with Arik, which necessitated the take-over of the carrier by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON). The crises associated with the take-over after the carrier was enmeshed in heavy debts scandal led to cutting of all its international routes just as it also cut its domestic operations by almost 50…

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FAAN seeks solution to MMA2 concession

FAAN seeks solution to MMA2 concession

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has urged the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to correct what it described as “the anomalies” associated with the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement between Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA 2) and the Authority. This call was made following a mediatory visit by Mr. Chidi Iwuzah, the Acting Director General of ICRC to both parties recently to iron out grey…

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MMA2: ICRC hails Bi-Courtney, pledges to resolve concession issues

MMA2: ICRC hails Bi-Courtney, pledges to resolve concession issues

  The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has commended the management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), a member of the Resort Group, for the effective way it has operated the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) in the last 10 years despite all the challenges surrounding the concession of the terminal. The Acting Director-General of ICRC, Mr. Chidi Iwuzah, during a monitoring visit to MMA2 yesterday, further praised BASL “for the efforts made so…

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Airlines’ trapped cash falls to $30m

Airlines’ trapped cash falls to $30m

as CBN releases $145m to carriers    Foreign airlines that had over $600 million funds trapped in Nigeria since two years ago can heave a sigh of relief as only $30 million is left to be offset by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Last August, the country’s apex bank released $425 million out of $600 million trapped funds, leaving $175 million in the coffers of CBN. And between August 2017 and January 2018, the government released…

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AIB to release six more crash reports in 30 days

AIB to release six more crash reports in 30 days

FG approves upgrade of accident investigation laboratories The Federal Government has approved the upgrade of the obsolete material science and flight safety laboratories which would help the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) to investigate accidents in record time. Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Akin Olateru told Woleshadare.net at the weekend at a training course put together by the agency on accident investigation report writing held in Lagos. Although Olateru declined to give how much it would cost to…

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Etihad Airways’ executive embarks on round the world record attempt

Etihad Airways’ executive embarks on round the world record attempt

Senior Etihad Airways executive, Andrew Fisher, intends to embark on a journey of a lifetime when he attempts to on  January 21, 2018 break the world record by flying around the globe in the shortest time frame on scheduled flights, and with the fewest number of sectors. Fisher, who works as the airline’s Vice President Fleet Planning, hopes to shave three hours off the current record of over 55 hours by completing the journey in only…

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Blocked funds, Forex problem for foreign airlines in Africa, says IATA

Blocked funds, Forex problem for foreign airlines in Africa, says IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said blocked funds and denied access to foreign exchange in Africa is an increasing problem for foreign airlines. The Director-General of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac in a statement to Woleshadare.net said in nine African countries, international carriers are unable to repatriate their foreign currency earnings, while locally-based airlines experience difficulties making on-time foreign currency payments to their suppliers and business partners.  “Angola and other countries blocking funds are undergoing significant economic…

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Emirates signs agreement for 36 additional A380s

Emirates signs agreement for 36 additional A380s

Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet  Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more…

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