Air Peace flights to Benue will bring foreign investments – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue says the newly inaugurated Air Peace flight to Makurdi will further open the state to direct foreign investment.Ortom said this during the inaugural flight of Air Peace to Makurdi on Monday.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent on the inaugural flight from Lagos-Makurdi-Abuja reports the flight, number P47440 from Lagos[...]

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Lalong inuagurates Abuja-Jos Max Air flight

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has inuagurated the operations of Max Air flights from Abuja to Jos on Monday.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the inauguration followed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Plateau Government and Max Air on Sept. 1, 2020 to boost business activities and tourism in the[...]

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Air Peace increases daily flights to Enugu

The management of Air Peace has announced an increase in the number of flights from Lagos to Enugu, with effect from Sept. 22.This is contained in a statement in Lagos by Mr Stanley Olisa, External Relations Officer, Air Peace on Tuesday.He assured Enugu passengers of seamless flights.“As we commence a daily second Los-Enugu-Los in the[...]

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COVID-19 protocols: NCAA threatens to revoke license of erring airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has threatened to revoke the license of domestic airline operators over non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocols of the Federal Government.The NCAA Director General, Mr Musa Nuhu, issued the warning in a letter to all operators (DG39/20) with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/267, dated Sept. 21, on Monday in Lagos.The News Agency of[...]

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Ethiopian Airlines resume flights from U.S. to Nigeria

Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, has resumed passenger flights from New Jersey, United States, to Lagos and Abuja.This follows the recent reopening of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Sept. 5.Mr Million Legesse, Ethiopian Airlines’ Traffic and Sales Manger in New York told the News Agency of[...]

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Arik seeks FG’s intervention over workers’ planned strike

The Management of Arik Air has asked for the intervention of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, over the planned industrial action by aviation unions scheduled to commence on Monday.The Chief Executive Officer of Arik, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, made the appeal in a letter written to the minister entitled “Re-Unions in Arik Air threaten to[...]

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Arik workers threaten strike

The labour unions in the aviation sector have again threatened to shut down the operations of Arik Air on Monday over the airline’s management’s failure to resolve issues regarding its conditions of service as well as the unjust treatment of its workers during the pandemic.The two aggrieved unions, the National Union of Air Transport Employees[...]

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First international flight lands in Lagos after 5 months

There was palpable joy on Saturday as the first international flight landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this was coming after five months of closure of the Nigerian airspace due to the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.The Middle East Airline (MEA), which took[...]

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Airlines risk $3,500 fine per passenger without COVID-19 test result

The Federal Government on Monday said airlines would be fined $3,500 per passenger for airlifting passengers without negative COVID-19 test results as it prepared to open international flights.The Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sanni Aliyu, said this at the daily briefing of the PTF on in Abuja.Speaking on the new protocols that would[...]

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NAMA creates nine new regional navigational routes

As part of plans to resume international flight operations in the country, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has created nine new Performance Based Navigation Area Navigation 10 (RNAV10) regional routes across the nation’s airspace.Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.Akinkuotu listed the newly created PBN routes[...]

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Air Peace boss lauds FG move on reciprocity in airlines operation

The Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema has lauded the Federal Government’s decision to enforce the principle of reciprocity, stating that the move would reduce the stigmatisation of Nigerian airlines.Onyema said this in a commendation letter to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika on Friday in Lagos.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the[...]

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British Airways pilots accept pay cut

British Airways pilots have overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 per cent with 270 jobs lost, according to aviation union BALPA.The deal, announced Friday, comes as the airline struggles with the economic impact of the coronavirus which has seen it propose lay-offs of 12,000 staff, more than 1,200 of those pilots.Salaries[...]

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Dutch airline KLM to cut 5,000 jobs

Dutch airline KLM said Friday it would shed up to 5,000 jobs due to a “crisis of unprecedented magnitude” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The carrier, part of the Air France KLM group, said the cuts through the end of 2021 were necessary as it had made huge losses despite a 3.4-billion-euro ($4.0-billion) Dutch government bailout.The[...]

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FG approves resumption of domestic operations in 14 airports

The Federal Government has approved the full resumption of 14 airports in the country for domestic operations from July 8 to July 24.The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, made the announcement in his official Twitter handle, @hadisirika, on Sunday.Sirika pointed out that the inspection on the airports had been completed.“Glad to announce that the[...]

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FAAN threatens to bar non-compliant VIPs from airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has asked all very important personalities to obey all COVID-19 protocol at the nation’s airports or risk being denied access to any of its facilities.FAAN also insisted that Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State and former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State flouted the guidelines in place for passenger[...]

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7 killed in reconnaissance plane crash in eastern Turkey

Seven security personnel were killed after a reconnaissance plane crashed in Turkey’s eastern Van Province, the state-run Anadolu agency reported on Thursday, quoting Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu.Soylu, who has arrived at the accident site, told reporters that the plane crashed on Mount Artos at an altitude of about 2,200 meters on late Wednesday and two[...]

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Aero Contractors, Dana Air begin flight operations

Aero Contractors and Dana Air Thursday commenced flight operations. According to Aero Contractors airline, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, also gave it approval to restart flight operations. The airline, however, said that it chose to resume flight service a day after the official restart date “in order to stagger flight schedule to ensure that[...]

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Physical distancing impossible on flights, says aviation minister

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said it is almost impossible to achieve physical distancing on flights without hurting the revenue of airlines.He said this during a webinar attended by stakeholders in the aviation sector. The webiner focused on the status of the industry restart.Sirika was responding to a question from the Managing Director of Aero[...]

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Air Peace operates maiden flight to London, evacutes 327 Nigerians

Air Peace airline yesterday operated its maiden flight to London and evacuted 327 Nigerians back to the country. According to the Spokeman of the airline, Stanley Olisa, the flight is a demostration of the capacity of the airline to fly to any destination across the globe. The evacuation flight was operated with the airline’s Boeing[...]

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Airports, airlines not ready for operation, says NCAA

Airports and airlines in the country are not yet fully ready to resume operations, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has said.It was gathered on Sunday that while airlines were about 70 per cent prepared for resumption, domestic airports were 57.83 per cent ready.Latest statistics from NCAA also showed that air navigation service providers were about[...]

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