Thursday, 27 October 2016

Nigeria’s Aviation News Headlines for Thursday October 27, 2016


Nigerian Government Appeals to Foreign Airlines Not to Suspend Operations

Hadi Sirika
Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika
• Says challenges will be over soon

The Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, wednesday appealed to Emirates, Kenya Airways and other foreign airlines which threatened recently to suspend flights from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja due to the scarcity of foreign exchange and dwindling passenger traffic to reconsider their decisions.The airlines had said scarcity of foreign exchange and dwindling passenger traffic were impacting negatively on their operations
While appealing to the operators not to suspend or downgrade operations, he promised that the current challenges besetting the industry and other sectors of the economy would soon become a thing of the past.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, Mr. James Odaudu, who revealed that the appeal was made when Sirika hosted the West African Regional Manager for Emirates Airlines, Mr. Manoj Gopi Nair, in his office in Abuja.
 

Passengers Angry with Emirates over Abuja Shutdown

Disappointed passengers Wednesday expressed angst over plans by Emirates to stop flight operations to Abuja, as those based in the federal capital faced the hurdle of coming over to Lagos to board. Many of those booked on flight EK 784 in Abuja found their way to Lagos at their own expense, although the airline provided logistics by way of Arik Air. An infuriated passenger, who flew into Lagos at his expense, said the federal government ought to have sanctioned the airline for unilaterally suspending flight operations to the capital of a country without thinking about the convenience of passengers who had already made arrangement to travel from Abuja.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/10/passengers-angry-emirates-abuja-shutdown/


Why we Cannot Abandon Nigeria — Ethiopian Airlines

The Senior Sales General Manager, Nigeria, Ethiopia Airlines, Solomon Begashaw (middle); Representative, Nigeria, Mrs Adetola Alabi and Sales Manager, Nigeria, Mr Omerenna Elias, at a press conference on the airline’s 70 years of operations globally and 56 years of operations into Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.



The enviable African carrier, Ethiopian Airlines early in the week marked its 70 years of existence and 56 years of operations into Nigeria promising to continue to provide better services on the route against all odds.
Speaking while marking the anniversary of the airline in Lagos, its Country Area Manager in Nigeria, Solomon Begashaw who recalled the commencement of flights into Nigeria in 1960 when Nigeria got her independence, said Ethiopian Airlines being a Pan-African carrier cannot afford to abandon Nigeria because of temporary challenges.The carrier which presently operates into four Nigerian cities: Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Kano, said it will continue to show solidarity with Nigeria in times of challenges.

http://tribuneonlineng.com/cannot-abandon-nigeria-ethiopian-airlines/

Aviation Expert says Foreign Airline’s Flight Reduction, a blessing

Aviation expert says foreign airline’s flight reduction, a blessing

 A former President of the Aviation Round Table (ART), Capt. Dele Ore, on Wednesday said the reduction of flight operations in Nigeria by some foreign airlines was a blessing in disguise.
Ore, who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, urged indigenous airlines to take advantage of the move to secure a greater share of the market.
NAN reports that two foreign airlines, Emirates Airlines and Kenya Airways recently announced the suspension of their flights to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
While Emirates Airlines said it would stop the flights to Abuja effective Oct. 22, Kenya Airways said its flights to the nation’s capital would be suspended from Nov. 15.
Both airlines had attributed their decisions to the economic downturn in the country, foreign exchange scarcity and the shrinking passenger traffic on international routes.
However, Ore said the restriction on foreign exchange by the Federal Government had exposed the antics of some foreign airlines in the country.

Government to Restrict Access to Seaports, Airports from Next Year

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
As from January 1, 2017, access to the nation’s seaports and airports will only be granted to those with a pass.Such passes will be given to only those who have a genuine business to attend to at the ports. The Minister for Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, who approved this directive said: “For anybody to gain access to the port, he must have proof of business at the port for that day or be a staff member of the port.”
In a letter by the Deputy Director (ICD), Maritime Service Department of the Ministry, Patrick Ekawu, the minister said that as a requirement for access to the ports, freight forwarders must possess the Council for the Regulation for Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) certificate, or an identity card before obtaining the gate pass to operate at the seaports, airports, and land border stations.

The letter, however, declared that the “CRFFN shall collect all monies for the Practitioners Operating Fee (POF) and disburse based on the formula recommended by the committee.”The directive also forbids the associations from collecting dues within the seaport and airport facilities and land border stations.“From 1st January 2017, the use of biometric cards will be enforced to make for seamless and effective operation at the seaport.


 
Passengers angry with Emirates over Abuja shutdown On October 26, 201611:43 pmIn NewsComments By Lawani Mikairu LAGOS—Disappointed passengers Wednesday expressed angst over plans by Emirates to stop flight operations to Abuja, as those based in the federal capital faced the hurdle of coming over to Lagos to board. Many of those booked on flight EK 784 in Abuja found their way to Lagos at their own expense, although the airline provided logistics by way of Arik Air. An infuriated passenger, who flew into Lagos at his expense, said the federal government ought to have sanctioned the airline for unilaterally suspending flight operations to the capital of a country without thinking about the convenience of passengers who had already made arrangement to travel from Abuja.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/10/passengers-angry-emirates-abuja-shutdown/
Passengers angry with Emirates over Abuja shutdown

Disappointed passengers Wednesday expressed angst over plans by Emirates to stop flight operations to Abuja, as those based in the federal capital faced the hurdle of coming over to Lagos to board. Many of those booked on flight EK 784 in Abuja found their way to Lagos at their own expense, although the airline provided logistics by way of Arik Air. An infuriated passenger, who flew into Lagos at his expense, said the federal government ought to have sanctioned the airline for unilaterally suspending flight operations to the capital of a country without thinking about the convenience of passengers who had already made arrangement to travel from Abuja.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/10/passengers-angry-emirates-abuja-shutdown/


 

Passengers angry with Emirates over Abuja shutdown

Disappointed passengers Wednesday expressed angst over plans by Emirates to stop flight operations to Abuja, as those based in the federal capital faced the hurdle of coming over to Lagos to board. Many of those booked on flight EK 784 in Abuja found their way to Lagos at their own expense, although the airline provided logistics by way of Arik Air. An infuriated passenger, who flew into Lagos at his expense, said the federal government ought to have sanctioned the airline for unilaterally suspending flight operations to the capital of a country without thinking about the convenience of passengers who had already made arrangement to travel from Abuja.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/10/passengers-angry-emirates-abuja-shutdown/