Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Nigeria’s Aviation News Headlines for Wednesday Sept. 14, 2016

Thank God Arik Air has resumed operations after yesterday’s flight disruption. Maybe the Federal Government of Nigeria will follow the footsteps of South African Government that has just announced $350million bailout to South African Airways to enable the airline remain afloat. The truth is that Nigeria’s domestic Carriers need help!

Please find the headlines below and follow the links to read the stories in full.

Arik Air Resumes Flight Operations

Barely 24 hours after it suspended operations, Arik Air says it will resume flight operations by 11am on today.
A statement from the airline’s spokesperson Ola Adeniji said: “Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest airline, is pleased to announce that scheduled flights will resume from 11 am tomorrow, Wednesday September 14, 2016.
“Members of the public and our esteemed customers are advised to discountenance the disparaging allegations, unsubstantiated and uninformed claims about the airline’s inability to meet its financial obligations to aviation fuel marketers and a purported withdrawal of insurance services to Arik Air by its insurers.
“While the current scarcity of aviation fuel (JET A1) has impacted on the operations of airlines in the country, Arik Air is in good standing with its fuel suppliers and has been meeting its obligations to them and to our insurers.
“With the regularization of the required documents relating to the renewal of the insurance, Arik Air will be resuming its normal flying schedule from 1100 hours on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

  Why there’s power outage at Lagos Airport, by FAAN

Why there’s power outage at Lagos Airport, by FAAN
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has blamed incessant power outage at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on the ongoing construction at the new international terminal of the airport.
Although electricity supply was restored at some parts of the airport yesterday. FAAN however warned that there could be more disruptions  as the agency plans to find a lasting solution to the power cuts.
The agency explained that electric cables buried underground that provided electricity at the airport were inadvertently excavated by construction workers at the location where the new terminal is being built.
FAAN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati who confirmed the excavation of the cables said engineers from the agency have been working to move the cables from the construction site and replace those that have been destroyed, noting that this would take a little time before the work is completed.

Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Arrives Lagos for $7,000,000 Prize

Fast growing European carrier, Turkish Airline, which is making inroads into the Nigerian market, has announced that the 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup would take place at Ikoyi Golf Club in Lagos, Nigeria, on September 15 for $7, 000, 000 prize for the overall winner in an international golf contest.
The airline said the 84th of 100 qualifiers for the global event, which is enjoying a growing reputation after three hugely successful previous series, would feature 100 players, all personally-invited guests of Turkish Airlines.
After the contest in Lagos, the winner would progress to the Grand Final in Antalya, Turkey, this October, while there would also be memorable prizes for, the runner-up, third place, Best Gross and nearest-the-pin prizes for men and women.
“We are proud to be hosting the latest 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier in Lagos. We are excited to be welcoming everyone to the world class facilities at Ikoyi Golf Club. We are sure the players will have a day to remember and wish them all the very best of luck,” TarkanInce, General Manager for Turkish Airlines Lagos, said.

South African Airways Gets $350 Million Bailout; Major Reforms Needed

South African Airways A320
South African Airways A320

The South African government has agreed to grant a “going concern guarantee” to struggling flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), but has insisted on major reforms at the carrier, including looking for a strategic equity partner.
The airline said in 2015 it was “technically insolvent” and has been surviving on state-guaranteed loans. However, it pleaded that it needed further backing from the government to allow it to finalize its financial accounts.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has now granted SAA ZAR5 billion ($350 million) in additional loan guarantees, which will enable the state-owned airline to continue functioning.
The airline has been in a rocky state for several years and has endured a revolving door of CEOs in recent times, with several chief executives and other senior management figures either resigning or being suspended for unspecified disciplinary reasons.
A new SAA board was approved by the country’s cabinet on Aug. 31 and, in his first meeting with its members, Gordhan said it would not be “business as usual” for the airline.



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