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Re-echoing the call for a national carrier; a bird’s eye perspective

NIGERIA cannot continue to allow foreign airlines serve its major international travelers to and from the country alone for any longer. This COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we acted inappropriately as a nation, in my opinion. No nation can survive local currency slide against foreign currency when the country depends on import. Foreign airlines playing major role in providing our …

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Capt. Mshelia makes case for national carrier as foreign airlines dominate airspace

CHAIRMAN of West Link Airlines, Captain Ibrahim Mshelia has said that government cannot continue to allow only foreign airlines serve its international travelers as that is counter-productive economics stating that Nigeria cannot survive the currency slide against foreign currency. Captain Mshelia spoke to Nigerianflightdeck said it is against this backdrop and many more that he feels the need for a …

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The path to grow Nigeria’s Aviation

By Simon Tumba FOR a long time aviation stakeholders have been expressing concern over the stagnant or retarding predicament of this massive sector, considering our natural, human and economic potentials. Perhaps based on these factors, including the $1.3 billion annually repatriated by foreign airlines, Senator Hadi Sirika put out a plan over four years ago to set up a national …

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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 Nigeria Air will reach fruition at the rate things are …

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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 with regards the fate of Nigeria Air and what Government …

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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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