Friday, 30 September 2016

Nigeria’s Aviation News Headlines for Friday September 30, 2016

Thank God it’s Friday!. Why is British Airways stopping free In-flight meals on short-haul flights for economy class passengers? Aero Contractors tried it here in Nigeria but could not sustain it.Does British Airways want to operate like low cost Carriers?  Let’s see how BA will fair when this kicks off.  Please find the headlines below and follow the links to read the full stories.

 British Airways to Scrap Free Meals

British Airways. PHOTO: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
British Airways. PHOTO: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
 
British Airways is scrapping free meals for short-haul economy fares from next year and inviting passengers to instead pay for Marks and Spencer sandwiches, creating a stir on social media. The pair announced the tie-up on Thursday, which sees BA joining the no-frills airline model of charging passengers for food and drink.
From January, BA will charge £4.75 ($6.2, 5.5 euros) for a tomato and mozzarella focaccia, £1 for hand cooked crisps and a minimum of £4 for alcoholic drinks. No food item will cost more than £5.


BA said the move “follows extensive customer research and feedback, which highlighted dissatisfaction with the airline’s current short-haul economy catering”. But customer Lee Butterley tweeted: “Hey @British_Airways literally no reason to pick you over EasyJet and Ryanair anymore then?”
James Forshaw added: “Wow @British_Airways taking away the free food is one thing, but drinks, even soft ones? Really is no reason to fly BA short haul anymore.”



Nigeria Releases $300m Airlines’ Funds
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Foreign airlines operating into Nigeria can now heave a sigh of relief. The value of ticket sales owed to them in Nigeria has been reduced by over 50 per cent since June, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said yesterday, adding it is making progress to recoup billions of dollars in revenues blocked by some countries.
The clearing house for global airlines in June this year put foreign airlines’ funds stranded in the Nigerian economy at N120 billion ($600 million). The group had appealed to the Nigerian government and four others to respect international agreements obliging them to ensure airlines are able to repatriate their revenues.
The funds were proceeds from sale of tickets by the airlines in the last 12 months, which could not be repatriated due to Federal Government’s policy on foreign exchange. Penultimate week, the Central Bank of Egypt and Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority released $240m airlines’ funds for repatriation.
Talks continue to establish an achievable payment schedule to settle the remaining amount. Venezuela owes foreign airlines operating into the country $3.780 billion, the highest of the blocked funds, followed by Nigeria, put at $600 million, Sudan, $360 million, Egypt, $291 million and Angola, $237. IATA, the trade association of the world’s airlines, said it wants to develop a “common strategy” where carriers act in tandem to recuperate ticket sales revenue being withheld in Venezuela.


https://newtelegraphonline.com/nigeria-releases-300m-airlines-funds
 

‘We Must Review Past Agreements before Concessioning Airports’

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority

The Federal Government has been urged to review past concession agreements and address its sticking points before giving airports out to new investors.
Besides, concerned stakeholders have also asked for a clear-cut master plan on airport concessioning; seeking details on aspects of the facilities that are for private investments. The stakeholders that recently met at an aviation conference in Lagos said settling old scores and clarity on what to do with the airports will given confidence to new investors and ensure better bargain for the Federal Government.
Former Director of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Engr. Harold Demuren, recalled that past efforts on concessioning have not yielded the desired result and lessons must be learnt in going forward.Demuren noted a classic case in government’s handling of the Nigerian airways and the plan to restructure the airline.


http://guardian.ng/business-services/aviation-business/we-must-review-past-agreements-before-concessioning-airports
 


ICAO Commends FG for Efforts to Develop Air Travel Sector

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President of ICAO, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu .PHOTO CREDIT: guardian.ng

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has acknowledged the Federal Government’s effort to reposition the aviation sector and set it on the path of growth.
President of ICAO, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu, in Montreal, Canada, said efforts in the area of capacity building, infrastructure development and security were preparing the sector in Nigeria and the region for growth.
Aliu, while receiving the visiting government’s delegate in Canada, expressed delight seeing steps being taken on a number of initiatives and activities discussed during his last visit to Abuja. He said: “I have taken note of all the efforts you are putting in place to advance these issues to raise the level of aviation development in Nigeria and in the region.


“In particular in the area of capacity building, I have read many times your reference with the need of Nigeria to have an aviation university. You have also been talking about the need to enhance the level of training in Zaria. “From the information reaching me, it seems as far as Zaria, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology becoming a regional training center of excellence we are on course on that. We will soon have very good news in respect to that with the process of assessment,” Aliu said.In the area of security, he recalled that the result of the last audit was quite heartwarming with “Nigeria scoring over 96 per cent in our audit”.




Thursday, 29 September 2016

Nigeria’s Aviation News Headlines for Thursday September 29, 2016



 

Domestic Airlines Record 16,353 Cases of Delayed Flights in 6 months — NCAA

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Arik Air's Boeing 737-700NG .Photo credit www.arikair.com

Domestic airlines operating in Nigeria recorded 16,353 cases of delayed flights between January and June, statistics from the Consumer Protection Department of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have revealed.
A document issued by the department and obtained on Thursday by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, shows that 30,100 flights were operated by eight airlines during the period under review.
According to the document, 601 flights were cancelled for various reasons by the airlines.
It said the airlines in operation were Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland.
Arik, which operated 10,261 flights, topped the chart of delayed and cancelled flights with 5,780 and 156 respectively.
Aero Contractors followed with 2,895 delayed flights and 231 cancellations out of its 4,714 flight operations, the department reported.
Air Peace operated 5,366 flights with 2,328 cases of delayed flights and 12 cancelled flights, the report added.
http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/business/domestic-airlines-record-16-353-cases-of-delayed-flights-in-6-months-ncaa/164451.html

 

Save Aviation Industry from Collapse, House Urges FG


  • Rejects reintroduction of toll fares


The House of Representatives Wednesday called on the federal government to save the aviation industry and private airlines from imminent collapse caused by the sudden stoppage, discontinuance and suspension of operations by major airlines.
The House expressed worry that domestic with airlines services, maintenance and operational costs denominated in hard currencies, the current volatility in the exchange rate and general economic downturn is threatening their survival.
It therefore directed its Committee on Aviation to conduct a public hearing and discuss with relevant stakeholders to identify the options to mitigate the challenges in the aviation industry.
The resolution followed a motion of urgent national importance sponsored by Hon. Istifanus. Gyang (Plateau PDP) who noted that the private airlines have filled the gap caused by the collapse of the national airline.
“This is further complicated by the numerous charges which the airlines pay to regulatory agencies including FAAN, NCAA, and NAMA,” Gyang added.
The lawmakers also rejected a motion seeking the re-introduction of tolls and charges on federal highways.




 Aero Contractors Workers Protest AMCON’s Closure of Airline
Hundreds of employees of Aero Contractors Airline wednesday staged a peaceful protest over the closure of the airline by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the protest was organised by the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).
The workers, who began the protest at about 8.45a.m., marched round the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, carrying various placards expressing their grievances.
The placards had inscriptions such as, ‘Don’t Allow Aero to Die,’ ‘Save Aero from AMCON’ and ‘Aero must not go the way of Nigeria Airways,’ among others.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Frances Akinjole, the Secretary, ATSSSAN, condemned the ‘illegal closure’ of Aero Contractors by AMCON, adding that they would resist the plan to liquidate the company.

 


FG Spends N33bn on Airports’ Runway Resurfacing

 

·         11 others to gulp N22bn

·         Most runways expired 10 years ago

The Federal Government has spent over N33.09 billion to resurface most of the country’s airport runways between 2004 and 2015, New Telegraph has learnt. Despite this colossal amount, the facilities are still in terrible shape with most of them ridden with
potholes, causing danger to life and equipment.
A document made available to this newspaper shows that the resurfacing of the runways actually started in 2003. The Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos runway resurfacing was done in 2004 at a cost of N3.4 billion; Murtala Muhammad domestic runway was
resurfaced in 2007 at N3.3 billion; the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) runway was resurfaced in 2003 at N1.9 billion; Port Harcourt Airport runway was resurfaced in 2007 at N2.3 billion.
The Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar Airport runway was partially resurfaced in 2011 at N832 million; Maiduguri Airport runway was partially resurfaced in 2011 at the cost of N499 million; Kaduna Airport runway was partially resurfaced in 2010 at N816
million; Enugu Airport runway was extended and expanded with overlay in 2012 at N10 billion; Benin Airport runway was partially resurfaced in 2015 at N351 million. The Abuja Airport runway would soon be resurfaced at a cost of N1.5 billion.
https://newtelegraphonline.com/fg-spends-n33bn-airports-runway-resurfacing

ICAO Applauds NCAT, FG’s Plan For Aviation University

…Seeks Nigeria’s Seat In Council

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President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu has expressed pleasure at the level of training going on in Nigerian College of Aviation Technology,NCAT, Zaria and government’s plan to establish an aviation university
in the country.
Dr Aliu made the assertion when the Minister of State (Aviation), Sen. Hadi Sirika  led Nigeria delegates to his office in Montreal, Canada recently.
The ICAO President said “ you have also been talking about the need to enhance the level of training in Zaria. From the information reaching me, it seems as far as Zaria, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology becoming a regional training center of excellence,
we are on course on that. We will soon have very good news in respect to that with the process of assessment.”
On his hard work and being good ambassador of Nigeria, Aliu said “Since my visit to Abuja, a number of initiatives and activities were discussed. And I have taken note of all the efforts you are putting in place to advance these issues to raise the level of
aviation development in Nigeria in the region. In particular in the area of capacity building I have read many times your reference with the need of Nigeria to have an aviation university.
http://leadership.ng/business/552311/icao-applauds-ncat-fgs-plan-for-aviation-university

Russia Fingered in Malaysia 2014 Plane Crash

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International prosecutors have alleged that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine in 2014 by a Buk missile that had come from Russia.
They also narrowed down the area it was fired from to a field in territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels.
All 298 people on board the Boeing 777 died when it broke apart in mid-air flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Russia said it could not accept the findings as the final truth, saying no Russian weapons were taken to Ukraine.
“Based on the criminal investigation, we have concluded that flight MH17 was downed by a Buk missile of the series 9M83 that came from the territory of the Russian Federation,” chief Dutch police investigator Wilbert Paulissen told a news conference yesterday.
The missile had been taken from Russia to rebel-held Ukraine in the morning of 17 July, when the plane was shot down, and the launcher was taken back to Russia the next day, he said.