No budget for repairs of Akanu Ibiam Airport
There are strong indications that the December 2019 date for reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State, may not be feasible. Investigations by The Guardian revealed that more than two weeks after the airport...
Nigerian aviation industry: Next level deliverables
All over the world, air travel by far remains the preferred option for extensive mobility. Both for business and leisure, the speed, comfort, and safety is incomparable. Added to these parameters are the ambiance and panache attached to air travel.
Fear of heights doesn’t affect piloting – Captain Nnaji
After conquering his fear of heights and becoming a pilot, the flamboyant lifestyles of Nigerians soon made him return home to venture into the business side of his profession. He was mistaken, as he later realised that it wasn’t all that lucrative running air shuttle services in the country. Captain Evarest Nnaji, the Chief Executive Officer, Odengene Air-Shuttle Services Limited, shares telling experience of how he has made a success of life and enterprise with OLAWUNMI OJO
Local operators kick as Emirates’ daily flight hits four
Local airline operators have faulted the Federal Government’s grant of additional frequency to Emirates Airlines to bring its daily flights out of Nigeria to four.
‘No local airline can survive 26% interest rate, regulatory hostility, dirty aeropolitics for long’
Air Peace Airlines, in a manner quite unusual of private indigenous carriers worldwide, is blazing the trail in the much-labeled ‘toxic’ operating environment in Nigeria. The airline, in less than five years of entry, has acquired a fleet of 26 aircraft, among which are three Boeing 777 airplanes for international services, and has a placed firm order for 40 brand new planes that are due for delivery early 2020.
'How policy inconsistency kills aviation industry'
Perennial inconsistency in government policies has been blamed for stagnation in the aviation industry. Experts, who spoke in Lagos, at the 23rd League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) yearly conference, Wednesday, blamed the government and aviation regulatory bodies for failing to maximise the potential of the sector to stimulate growth and economic development.
At valedictory session, VP, ministers wish Buhari well in second term
It was convivial mood all round yesterday at Aso Rock Villa, as President Muhammadu Buhari held a valedictory, farewell session for his cabinet members, with all the ministers in attendance. The ministers and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, congratulated Buhari and expressed gratitude that it had been a privilege to have worked with him and…
Poor funding hinders aviation growth with 11% budget grant in 2018
Poor budgetary funding has again emerged as the major problem facing the air travel industry, with the Federal Government also showing fatigue in financing the sub-sector. The budgetary poor funding showed in last year’s budget where only about 11 per cent was released to aviation. By implication, only N29.385 billion out of a total of…
FG may shut Enugu Airport over deplorable runway
Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said that Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu may be closed down following the poor state of the runway. Sirika disclosed this yesterday at a stakeholder’s forum in Lagos, saying the airport will be degraded for international operations because the runway length is not ideal for such. He…
ALTON berates NCAA over threat on aviation height clearance
Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has urged Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to discontinue its harassment of telecom companies over the Aviation Height Clearance claims as the telecom masts are national critical infrastructure. Adebayo stated this at the 10th anniversary of the Beacon of Information and Communications Technology…
Government acquires N5.4b firefighting equipment
The Federal Government has acquired a state-of the-art aircraft’s firefighting simulator worth N5.4 billion (£11.5 million). The equipment was on Monday inspected and tested by Nigerian officials in London ahead of their shipment to Nigeria. Head of delegation and Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, described the safety tool as very important to airport…