Domestic airlines resume services to Abuja airport

  Overland, Medview, Dana Air, Air Peace, and Arik Air have resumed scheduled services to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja following the completion of the rehabilitation of its runway and subsequent re-opening of the airport for commercial flights and other ancillary services. Dana Air’s Accountable Manager, Mr. Obi Mbanuzuo said in Lagos that the airline would operate five daily flights from Lagos to Abuja. He urged the airline’s customers to take advantage of its low fares and numerous customer-centric services like the self-service kiosk at the Murtala Muhammed Airport…

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NCAA begins investigation into Lagos-bound Aero aircraft smoke

    The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has begun investigation into the smoke in an Aero Contractors aircraft enroute Lagos from Port Harcourt. Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA,  confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday. The Aero Contractors flight NG316 was engulfed in smoke about 20 minutes after take off,  causing panic among the passengers. The situation prompted the deploying of fire fighting trucks to the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2, Lagos, to curtail any fire when the plane carrying…

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NCAA strengthens economic regulation as ICAO trains staff

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has taken a bold step to strengthen its economic regulation through training and adequate exposure of the staff. The first step in this direction according to a statement, was the training of staffers of the Directorate of Air Transport Regulation (DATR) from across the country by officials of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The ICAO resource persons were Mr. Peter Lawani and Mr. Antonion Combes.The four days exercise ended last Thursday at the Authority’s Headquarters Annex Training Hall. In his remarks, the Director General…

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Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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Medview, Air Peace to resume flights to Abuja Wed

Two Nigerian carriers, Medview and Air Peace have said they will resume flight operations to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja as the aerodrome reopens on Wednesday to air traffic, both carriers stated in a statement. All the carriers had on March 9, 2019 diverted all its flights to Kaduna following the closure of Abuja Airport for rehabilitation, which lasted six weeks. In a statement by the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Lookman Animashaun said besides the six daily flights, the flights to Yola, Kano and Maiduguri will now be routed…

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FG may wind up Arik over losses

 Injects N1.5bn in airline in two months  The Federal Government has promised to take a major decision on Arik Airlines, according to the spokesman for the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Jude Nwauzor. Nwauzor made the disclosure in an interactive session with the media. Penultimate week, the House of Representatives had advised the Federal Government to liquidate the airline, saying that the carrier was no longer viable and a drain on the economy. Although, AMCON did not disclose what government wanted to do with the airline, there are indications…

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United boss sorry for ‘horrific’ incident

The CEO of United Airlines has apologised for the “truly horrific” removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight. Oscar Munoz said he “continues to be disturbed” by the incident, during which a passenger was forcibly dragged, screaming, off a plane. He said the company would “fix what’s broken so it never happens again”. United’s parent company’s share price plummeted on Tuesday after a video of the incident went viral on Twitter. Stock in United Continental Holdings dropped by more than 4% at one point on Tuesday, and at one…

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