EU ban: Medview operates flight to London

  Nigeria’s flag carrier airline, Medview Airline Sunday operated its scheduled flight to London Gatwick, few days after the carrier was reportedly restricted by a European Union ban. The airline said in a statement Sunday that it’s Boeing 747 aircraft jetted out of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja with about 240 passengers  on schedule at exactly 1.30pm. The Airline Chief Operating Officer/ Accountable Manager, Engineer Lookman Animashaun told journalists: “You have seen for yourself that our Lagos-London operation is not in anyway been hampered.” Animashaun said Medview Airline  has…

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Bielderman quits as NAHCO MD, Ode takes over in acting capacity

The Managing Director/CEO of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company plc (NAHCO aviance), Mr. Norbert Bielderman, has submitted to the Company the notice of his resignation. Bielderman, who gave three months’ notice, will formally disengage from the Company on August 31, 2017. A statement from the Company noted that Bielderman joined NAHCO aviance in May, 2010. He was appointed Executive Director, Operations on December 6, 2013. Bielderman was named Acting MD/CEO in October 2014. His appointment as MD/CEO was confirmed in April, 2015. Other changes announced by the Company after the…

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Safety concerns: EU bars Medview, others from flying into Europe

UK request airline jettisons plane   The European Commission has barred Nigeria’s flag carrier airline, Medview from operating into European airspace for safety reasons. Several  other airlines were also affected. A total of 181 airlines were barred from flying into Europe, while 174 airlines were barred due to safety oversight by aviation authorities in their home countries. However, all carriers from Mozambique and Republic of Benin have been removed from the list of airlines banned. Medview was one of seven airlines barred due to safety conditions with the airlines themselves….

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Terror attacks reduced European airlines’ traffic by 1.6% – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the clearing house for over 280 global airlines disclosed that terrorist attacks in Western Europe in late-2015 and early-2016 reduced European airlines’ international passenger traffic by an estimated 1.6% in the following year compared to what would otherwise have happened. It estimated that this reduced European airlines’ 2016 revenues by around $2.5b, adding that by contrast to previous major shock events such as after 9/11, the impact has been only temporary. The group stated that European carriers were hit the hardest, stressing that the…

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Air ambulance as essential lifesaving tool

An under-supply in the air ambulance sector has contributed to slow market of this life-saving service, WOLE SHADARE writes Nigeria requires more air ambulances to save lives. Air ambulance service, though popular in Europe, America and South Africa is still largely unknown in the Nigerian environment. The role of an ambulance is a really essential tool for medical professionals and it is getting the right patient the right medical facilities within the right timeframe. When patients need to be airlifted to medical care in an emergency, the first priority is…

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Four years after, Arik resumes Maiduguri flights

…donates relief materials to IDP Four years after it withdrew from the route, Nigeria’s flag carrier airline, Arik last week returned to Maiduguri. Also as part of it Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) donated relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). Hundreds of the IDPs and their managers, according to a statement, trooped out to welcome officials of the airline and thanked them for bringing succour to the inmates. The Airport Manager of the Maiduguri International Airport, Alhaji Mohammed Saidu gave assurance to air travellers that the airport is now secure…

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Abuja airport’s 2nd runway in 2017 appropriation–Senate Leader

  Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan said on Friday that the National Assembly (NASS) captured new projects, including a second runway for the Abuja Airport, in the 2017 appropriation bill it passed. Lawan told state House Correspondents that the projects were covered from the difference in the N42.5 oil bench mark proposed by the Executive and the N44.5 passed by NASS. He was explaining the reason behind the passage of N7.44 trillion instead of N7.3 trillion proposed by the executive arm of government.  “We have been able to capture for example…

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