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Stakeholders skeptical over Ministry’s relocation directive; say timing wrong

THE directive from the Minister of Aviation to all aviation agencies to relocate their agencies’ headquarters to Abuja in the next 45 amid the battle against COVID-19 has not gone unnoticed by stakeholders some of which have expressed divergent opinions on the directive giving its raison d’etre and its timing. …

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Covid-19: Nigerians assess virus’ impact on air travel

THE deadly Covid-19 virus found its way into Nigeria on the 24th of February 2020 carried by an Italian on board Turkish Airline through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos and this has sent the nation into a frenzy of fear and confusion. For the aviation industry, the debate …

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FAAN, stakeholders assess financial, safety impact of bird strikes, proffer solutions

ANNUALLY Wild life hazards especially Bird Aircraft Strike Hazards (BASH) also known as bird strikes have cost Nigerian airlines millions of dollars  of broken windshield / canopy or engine failure (single or multiple engine) due to ingestion of birds or tyre change  as a result of  collision between fauna and …

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30 females rescued from Mali as NIS denies 9 departure at MMIA

THIRTY (30) Nigerian females stranded in Mali have been assisted to return back to the country voluntarily after spending years in the Francophone country. This is just as no fewer than 9 persons have been refused departure over suspicion of human trafficking from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Nigerianflightdeck …

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Divergent reactions trail call to make Arik National Carrier (Part Three): Aligbe stands against

“First, is Kuru sincere in his avowal? What are his indices of Arik’s profitability? AMCON took over Arik with 15 aircraft. How many aircraft has the airline now? What is the debt profile of Arik as at today? How much has AMCON recovered since it took over Arik. What is the operational status of Arik in terms of route network and schedule integrity? What about maintenance integrity which Arik had the highest rating on before AMCON’s takeover?”

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Is Nigeria serious with its national carrier pursuit?

With what has happened with regards setting up a national carrier in the last four years of this administration, with all the intrigues and failed deadlines, ANTHONY OMOH looks at emerging trends especially in Ghana which has silently set their ball rolling with firm aircraft orders; and wonders if Project …

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Divergent reactions trail calls to make Arik Air National Carrier (Part Two)

As Sirika maintains airline unfit for national carrier The discourse on the National carrier issue deepens with others, including the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika lending thoughts towards whether or not government will make what they believe is the right decision and put to rest the feeling of uncertainty …

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Divergent reactions trail call to make Arik Air National Carrier (Part One)

“To me, as I said on the Flightdeck Forum, the option remains Arik, Arik, Arik or look for a domestic carrier or any other carrier within to partner to start it. When you partner with another airline to start it then you are having three government carriers in place. I feel it’s a good thing, I am happy AMCON has changed their tone we are yet to hear from the Federal Government although we only saw that money was budgeted but we are not sure what route they would take. And if you look at the amount budgeted, that amount cannot do anything to start a national carrier from the scratch. As at today we have not seen a clear cut investor that is ready to partner with FG, I think the best way to go is to look at the Arik, Aero option and move with it.”

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Interior Minister, Immigration top echelon brainstorm on achieving FG’s SET goals

Despite the challenges at the border, I will like to thank Mr. President for approving, in council, the e-border program. The program will be implemented in 2 years where the 4,047 kilometres of land borders be monitored real-time. It will cover 86 Border Control Post (BCP) comprising of 6Mega Control Posts, 16Medium Control Posts and 64 Mini Control Posts.

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Industry players tackle airport improvement challenges, security, others

AVIATION stakeholders who participated in the 6th Airport Business Summit and Expo (ABSE) held recently in Lagos have found lasting solutions to air transport response to projected population explosion and urban shift; ways of improving airport business environment; how to address the issues of criminal facilitation within the airport and …

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