Stakeholders kick as as Saudi takes over Hajj Airlift

The inability of Nigerian local Airlines to fill their quota in the Bilateral Air service agreement with other countries has resulted in foreign airlines fleecing Nigeria through multiple entries into the countries. The latest of this ripoff appear to be the Saudi Airline, Flynas, which the ministry of Aviation has allocated 45% of the Haj airlift of passengers, claiming that the Saudis insists on 50% of the passenger airlift from over a hundred countries. Already most European Airlines have multiple entry points to the country, and sadly is the preferred…

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Nigerian Make History, As First Pilot to Fly The World Solo

A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world. Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday  afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport. The pilot has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September. The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve…

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Reps Alleges that Kaduna Airport Disaster Waiting to Happen

It came as a shock to many political observers, aviation analysts when members of the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned aviation operations at the Kaduna International Airport, thereby making a dramatic U-turn from their earlier position. They said the airport fell short of the safety standards for both domestic and international flight operations. The Kaduna airport is serving as a temporary alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, whose runway is undergoing reconstruction. The closure of the Abuja airport is into its third week and the repairs will…

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Kaduna Airport: Kidnappers prowl along roads, Airport still a huge construction site

Three weeks into the six weeks deadline to finish the Abuja runway, Kaduna is still suffering from teething problems. Three weeks into the use of Kaduna Airport as alternative to Abuja, construction works are still going on at the Airport. The Airport is far from ready to go. There appears to be confusion at the check-in areas as regards local and international passengers. But of far more concern were reports that the Kaduna-Abuja road has suddenly become a veritable zone for armed robbers and kidnappers.”Kaduna – Abuja road…..the latest ATM…

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AMCON: Aero notifies staff of disengagement, unions kick

In line with the thought that AMCON takeover of organizations usually leave it worse off, Aero contractors, the latest victim of their acquisition, has sent redundancy notice to over sixty percent of their staff. For example, the latest acquisition of AMCON, Arik Air, twenty aircraft were grounded, leaving only eight to operate out of the original 28 aircraft. AMCON has never given credible justification for taking over Aero. Bu, in a release by the airline, it becomes clear that they can no longer bear the burden of reduced air crafts…

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Update: FG bans, Unbans Helicopters from Kaduna

The confusion bedeviling the movement from Kaduna Airport to Abuja has resulted in policy somersaults of the ministry of Aviation as it involves the chief security officer of the president. With the arrival of the President from medical Vacation, there were already in top gear arrangement for Bristow and possibly Calverton, the Helicopter charter companies, to start airlift of dignitaries, especially foreign dignitaries who needed to come to Abuja for business. Initially, the office of the National security adviser circulated a memo advising the stoppage of any planned or existing…

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Kaduna Airport: Passengers prefer Train as the Aviation Industry count losses

The relocation of Abuja airport has began to take its toll as passengers shun the Kaduna-Abuja shuttle buses and opt for trains, resulting in high demand for first class train tickets. Besides that, helicopter shuttle has become the preferred mode of transport from kaduna to Abuja by elite travelers. But the ministry suddenly woke up and decided that helicopter airlift be banned due to security reasons-the same reason critics objected to the closure in the first place. With promises of patrol vans monitoring the roads, passengers still feel unsafe using…

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Update: Abuja finally closed, Kaduna hosts only Ethiopia, local airlines

Federal Government made good its promise of closing down Abuja Airport for six weeks and diverting flights to Kaduna International Airport even when the new terminal building was yet to be ready. It was gathered that as at midnight of Tuesday March seven when the Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport was closed for six weeks to effect some repairs, particularly on the runways. It was gathered that the last furnishings-putting up the water cisterns (WC), paintings, and some other internal fittings were still outstanding when the flight divert became effective.The only…

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NCAA: Professional considerations jettisoned in Appointment of New Directors,Says Aviation Unions

The recent appointments of Directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is already causing turbulence in the industry as Unions take up arms against what one staff called pecuniary considerations for technical and sensitive positions. A cross section of staff talked to by this magazine felt that imposition of some Directors on the Agency was tantamount to the killing of aviation in the industry. “Every decision taken by the ministry under this government appears directed to kill the industry. Look at Arik. Every body knows that any airline taken over…

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Kaduna Airport: Fears of missing deadline as Foreign Airlines desert Kaduna

Despite heavy security promised by the security agencies, foreign airlines are still reluctant to carry their passengers to Kaduna en route Abuja.Only Ethiopian Airline has agreed to fly in to kaduna even after the invitations by the government for inspection of the facilities. Lufthansa, for example, has been equivocal in their position on the issue, and British Airways have categorically decided it is not worth the risk. The flight diversion is effective march 8 to April 9. The Police has declared their preparedness for the month long diversion, while the…

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Huricane Sirika makes landfall at NCAA, stirs up dusts in FAAN

The crisis rocking Aviation industry took a new turn when the Federal Ministry of Aviation swept off eight directors of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, directing them to hand over to their deputies while awaiting substantive replacements. Before the dust could settle, the Ministry retracted the sack letter of two of the directors in what an insider described as a product of high powered lobbying. Sources within the ministry however are towing the official line of errors in the distribution and signing of the letters. Two of the…

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AMCON: FG suspends flight to Johannesburg and London in response to SA and BA withdrawal

Embattled Arik Air has suspended flight operations to London and Johanesbourg pending the resolution of their biff with the Federal Government in connection with their debt profile. The company was taken over by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON,, because af an alleged N300billion debt profile, and claimed to source for N10 billion to stabilize the company. But fears are expressed in some quarters that AMCON was using the takeover as a ruse to convert the Airline to the much talked about National Carrier. Arik has already said they…

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Passengers stranded nationwide as aviation unions shut down Arik Air operations

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the unions embarked on the joint strike following the airline’s failure to pay seven months salary arrears and other alleged anti-labour practices. The unions said the industrial action would continue indefinitely until their demands are met by the management of Arik Air. They shut down Arik Air’s flight operations at both the local and international wings of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and also barricaded the airline’s corporate headquarters within the airport premises. As early as 6:00 a.m, the aggrieved workers stormed…

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Thunderstorm at Enugu Airport

Thunder struck the terminal building of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, recently, disrupting flight operations By Uche mbah Mischievious analysts were imputing diabolical sabotage when flight activities were disrupted at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu due to  thunderstorms that recently destroyed part of the terminal building.This was confirmed by the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), which informed the general public that a natural disaster occurred at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.Briefing newsmen on the incident, the acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs….

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Still in Limbo

Aviation Fuel Scarcity continue to bite harder despite assurance by  Hadi Sirika By Uche Mbah Its like a lingering sore that has. Scarcity of Aviation fuel, known as jet A1, which has sent many foreign airlines to neighboring countries for refueling, and partly responsible for delays and cancellations of flights in the last one year, is showing no sign of letting up. Arik Air is currently grumbling . Minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, recently blew his trumpet prematurely: he claimed the scarcity of aviation fuel will soon be…

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Worrisome Exit

Two Airlines indicate intentions to exit the Nigerian Airspace By Uche Mbah Even with the Central Bank of Nigeria granting concession to foreign airlines on access to foreign exchange stating that it will give room for airlines to clear the backlog of unmerited funds in various banks in Nigeria, two airlines, Emirate Airlines and ’Kenya Airways have given notice of discontinuation of services to the Abuja Airport. Emirates said it would end flights operations effective October 22. Emirates wrote to the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, over its…

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Rumbling Authority

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is thrown into turmoil with a revaluation of work status and mass purge By Uche Mbah There was palpable fear during week at the Corporate Headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN at Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja. Members of staff were seen with long faces while some discussed in groups. Reason: At that time, a meeting was going on that seek to sack, demote and redeploy some staff. This was sequel to the recommendations by a Presidential Committee on the restructuring of…

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Finally, Aero packs up

Aerocontractor, foremost domestic airline, suspends its operations, citing the current harsh economic situation in the country By Uche Mbah First, it was the foreign airlines that are pulling out in droves from the country. Then ships were beating retreats away from our shores. Now, it is the turn of domestic, airlines. Having gradually lost market share and with dwindling fleet, Aerocontractor last week suspended its operations in the country. But the Rotary Wing (helicopter and Dash 8 charter) and MRO, however, are still in operations. The Airline is expected to…

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Empty Sky

Foreign airlines set to leave  Nigeria due to trapped funds associated with the new CBN forex policy By Uche Mbah With N64 billion lost due to the foreign exchange policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria, 14 foreign airlines have given notice of their intention to exit the Nigerian airspace. The exit of the airlines will, in the short and long run have far reaching implications on the economy as the industry is part of the high yield agencies of the the country. The airlines, including Iberia, United Airlines and…

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