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FG Confirms N100bn Debt On Aviation Projects

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Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Aviation sector, Hajiya Binta Bello, has confirmed that the Federal Government owed N100 billion debts on projects in the aviation industry. Speaking during her handover notes in Abuja, Bello, who is now at Ministry of Women Affairs, affirmed that she was not able to offset up to N1 billion of the debts in her ...

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AirPeace Reveals Success Formula

  Hinges Success On Staff Motivation The management of Nigeria’s commercial airliner, Air Peace, has revealed why they have become a preferred choice for Nigerian travelers and aspiring aviation personnel. The airline, in a statement on Saturday by its Chairman, Mr. Allen Onyema, stressed that better welfare packages for staff and strict observance of routine checks and maintenance of aircraft ...

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Expert Seeks Fresh Policy To Grow Aviation

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A former Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Roland Iyayi, has advised government to enact policies that will support growth inthe aviation sector. He sought the establishment of a strong national carrier like the liquidated Nigeria Airways. Iyayi noted that only 15 million passengers travelled by air out of a population of 170 million, which accounts for ...

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Expert Seeks Fresh Policy To Grow Aviation

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A former Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Roland Iyayi, has advised government to enact policies that will support growth inthe aviation sector. He sought the establishment of a strong national carrier like the liquidated Nigeria Airways. Iyayi noted that only 15 million passengers travelled by air out of a population of 170 million, which accounts for ...

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Revealed: Two Captains Paired On Bristow Helicopters Crashed Plane – AIB

• Both Wore Four Bars Meant For Captain By Abel Orukpe –  Lagos   The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has stated that investigation carried out on Bristow Helicopters with registration 5N-BMM that crashed at Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) on July 14, 2011 revealed that the two pilots in the cockpit were captains and were paired despite the fact that ...

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Military Incessant Brutality: One Assault Too Many At Lagos Airport

By Abel Orukpe  – Lagos   The  rate at which military personnel,  especially  men of the Nigeria Air Force(NAF)at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos  beat up aviation workers and  their  attitude generally towards civilians at the airport is not only giving other security agencies at the airport source worry, but it has also become an  embarrassment to  Federal Government agencies ...

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Expert Seeks Policy Makers Support For Aviation Growth

As part of efforts to ensure the rapid development of the aviation industry, the Managing Director and Founder of Toucan Aviation, a Lagos-based contract charter specialist, Mr Achuzie  Ezenagu has called on  policy makers to support the growth of the  sector He made the call at the inaugural Aviation Africa event held in Dubai, when the full spectrum of the ...

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Domestic Airlines Are Not Making Profit – Operator

The Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, has said that domestic airlines operating in the country are not making profits and that the scarcity of aviation fuel in the country was impacting negatively on the airlines’ operation Onyema, who spoke in interview in Lagos stated that before now, the price of aviation fuel per litre had been stable as ...

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Domestic Airlines Must Divest Ownership To Become National Carrier – Chidoka

The Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chidoka, has said that for any of the domestic airlines currently operating domestic flight to become a national carrier, it must divest its ownership structure. This is just as he said that the Ministry of Aviation was over bloated with departments that are not relevant to the system. He said this while presenting his aviation ...

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NAMA Looking Into Possibility Of Doing Calibration Business – Abdulsalam

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The Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Engr.  Ibrahim Abdulsalam at a recent media chat speaks on why the agency did not ground airlines indebted to the organisation, its plan to do calibration business and the payment of the debts owed Messrs Thales SA of France, the contractor that handled the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) project ...

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African Business Aviation Restructures, Admits Professional Members

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By Abel Orukpe, Lagos   The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), said that it has restructure to add professional members to its membership categories. The Founding Chairman, Tarek Ragheb, who disclosed this, said that the decision to include professional members followed a restructuring of the membership options. He said that the restructuring was aimed at making its services available to the ...

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Appoint Aviator With Track Record Aviation Minister, Union Urges Buhari

The National Association of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), has called on the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an aviator as the next aviation minister in order to move the industry forward. NUATE’s Assistant General Secretary, Comrade Olayinka Abioye made the call in a congratulatory letter to the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. Abioye warned that an internationally regulated and highly technical industry ...

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AC ACI Reviews Lagos Airport Infrastructure, Operational Procedures

As part of efforts to enhance safety at airports in the country, Airport Council International (ACI’s) Airport Excellence (APEX) in safety programme has reviewed the gap analysis of airport’ infrastructure and operational procedures at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos. The programme, according to the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma was an ...

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FG Approves Navigational Aids For Six Airports

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The Federal Government has given the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) approval for installation of new Navigational Aids (NAVAIDS) in six airports across the country. NAMA said that the approval given by the Federal Government is part of efforts to ensure safety and security at Nigerian airports. This is just as the agency disclosed that it has taken over the ...

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New National Carrier Must Be Devoid Of FG Interference – ATSSSAN President

What do you think the incoming government should do for the aviation sector? Well, before setting agenda for the incoming government, first and foremost the President –elect, General Muhammadu Buhari was saying that he would bring back the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) and to us when the airline folded up it went down completely with other companies and assets. ...

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Aviation Unions, SAHCOL Draw Battle Line

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By Abel Orukpe, Lagos    Introduction For some years now, the two main unions in the aviation industry; the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) have been having cordial relations with the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL), one of three ground handling companies in Nigeria. The unions and the ground handling ...

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Airport Police Prepares Personnel For Icao Security Audit

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The Nigeria Police (NP) has organised a seminar to sensitise its personnel at Airport Police Command on optimal policing of the aviation sector ahead of the international Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) security audits scheduled to be carried out in Nigeria airports in June this year. Speaking at the two day seminar, with the theme, “Improving the Aviation Industry through Optimum ...

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Kenya Airways To Sell Older Aircraft, Land To Raise Funds

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The Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Airways, Mbuvi Ngunze has said that the airline will sell some older planes and land and is also negotiating a bridging loan to help it through a cash shortage caused by a drop in passenger traffic. According to a report monitored on Reuters, the carrier, partly-owned by Air France-KLM, made a big loss in ...

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Expert Identifies Bane Of Air Logistics Business

By Abel Orukpe / Correspondent, Lagos   The Executive Vice President, Greater Washington Limited (GWL), Mr Owolabi Awosan, has said that one of the challenges faced by the company is that there is no dedicated aircraft for domestic air cargo logistics business in the country. Awosan, who said this in Lagos while speaking on the activities of GWL and the challenges ...

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FG owes Nigeria Airways N57b outstanding benefits – Abioye

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The Assistant General Secretary, National Union of Air transport Employees (NUATE),Comrade Olayinka Abioye, said it would be a welcome development if the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari bring back the Nigeria Airways Limited(NAL) liquidated 12 years ago and that the Federal Government owe former NAL staff about N57 billion. He also spoke on both local and international aviation issues in ...

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Pilots, engineers task Buhari on completion of abandoned Uyo hangar facility

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By Abel Orukpe – Correspondent, Lagos   The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), an umbrella body for Nigerian pilots and engineers, has called on the President –elect, Muhammadu Buhari to urgently look into the possibility of completing the maintenance hangar at Uyo that was abandoned due to high cost. National President of NAAPE, Engr Isaac Balami said this ...

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Delta records $594m financial results in Q1

Delta Airlines said it has recorded its best-ever first quarter with adjusted pre-tax income of $594 million for the three months to March 2015, a $150million increase over the same period last year. Speaking on the record, the Delta’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Anderson, said the airline business is doing well to have put up such showing. “Delta’s business is ...

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ACI, FAAN highlights gains of collaboration among African airports

Airport Council International (ACI) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have highlighted the benefits of collaboration among aviation partners to find solutions to the several challenges facing the aviation industry in Africa. This is just as FAAN said that it will continue to play a leading role in advocating for collaboration among airports in the continent. They spoke ...

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Expert urges travel agents to embrace technology, innovation in business

President and Chief Executive Officer, Sabre Travel Network West Africa, Mr. Gbenga Olowo, has urged travel agents in the country to embrace the use of technology, innovation and collaboration to thrive and succeed in a rapidly evolving travel market. Olowo explained that he is urging travel agents to embrace these factors based on the fact that the agency operating in ...

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Revisiting Nigeria Airways Issue: A mere political statement?

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By Abel Orukpe – Correspondent, Lagos    On May 29, 2015, Muhammadu Buhari  will be sworn in as the new president of Nigeria. during electioneering campaign, it was said that the Buhari promised to look into the liquidation of Nigeria national carrier; the Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) 2004 under very questionable circumstances by the former president Olusegun Obasanjo administration. One thing ...

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