Arik Air may resume London flights

The Federal Government of Nigeria is in talks with the UK on how Arik Air will return to the London route. According to Afritraveller, Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation, stated on Twitter: “With UK’s minister of Aviation, discussing infrastructural support for Aviation security and the return of Arik Air to London route.” In February, 2017, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) took over the management of Arik Air due to rising debt profile said to be in excess of NGN300 billion. Following the takeover by AMCON,…

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Medview revs up competition on Lagos-Dubai route

Nigeria’s flag carrier airline, Medview, last week commenced flight services to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in what is likely to be a strong challenge to Emirates Airlines on the lucrative Lagos-Dubai route. For daring to throw its hat into the ring, it appears the airline has studied factors that made two other Nigerian carriers, Virgin Nigeria and Arik Air, to fail on the route. The two Nigerian carriers never lasted one year on the route before they ran out of it. They cited strong aero-political manoeuvrings by Dubai to edge…

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Freight demand: Africa posts largest year-on-year increase

Africa posted the largest year-on-year increase in demand of all regions in October 2017; with freight volumes rising 30.3 per cent. This was contained in the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA). data for global air freight markets, which showed that demand measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 5.9 per cent in October 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. IATA stated that capacity increased 9.2 per cent, adding that during the same period international freight volumes grew by 28.5 per cent. This is more than three times the five-year average…

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Delayed crash reports jeopardise accident mitigation

In Nigeria, crash reports take eternity to be released long after the incidents have been probed. These delays have huge implications on the overall interest of aviation in the country, WOLE SHADARE reports Flying gets reliable Flying in a jetliner is extraordinarily safe: There have been no fatal crashes on a U.S. scheduled airline in the past seven years, an astounding record considering that more than 30,000 flights take off everyday. How did flying get so reliable? In part, it is because previous accidents triggered crucial safety improvements via recommendations…

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Why Africa lags behind in aviation, by ADB president

High risk tag scares lenders, leasing firms President, African Development Bank (ADfB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, has taken a swipe at most African airlines, saying the operation of very old airplanes and lack of good business model have done incalculable damage to them, leading to extinction of many of the carriers. He disclosed this to New Telegraph at the recently-concluded International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) World Aviation Forum in Abuja. Adesina noted that Africa needs $150 billion to finance aircraft acquisition in the next 20 years, but wondered where the finance…

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AIB deploys App for accident probes

…set to release four reports The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has developed a new App that would help it enhance accident investigation and one that could help report incidence/ accidents wherever and whenever they occur. This Application, termed, “I Report”, meaning that travellers can from wherever they are post pictures, videos and text messages of very unpleasant incidents that could assist the investigators to have first-hand information on how incident or accident occurred before the arrival of accident investigators to the scene. The App and release of four accident reports…

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Africa flies on wobbling aviation wings

The world’s aviation summit in Abuja has come and gone. WOLE SHADARE appraises the challenges of the continent’s air transport system and possible solutions Inexistent transit Until recently, it was not uncommon for passengers flying between two African cities to transit through Europe. It was cheaper and faster, for instance, for passengers travelling to Ethiopia from Côte d’Ivoire to fly first to Paris with Air France and then catch a connecting flight to Addis Ababa. With no direct flights linking their capitals, most African countries had to rely on flights…

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