Thursday, 29 December 2016

Nigeria's Aviation News Headlines for Thursday December 29, 2016

Airline Operators Decry Poor State of NavAids, Flight Cancellations

Airline operators blame poor navigational aids for landing problems

Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) yesterday expressed disappointment and displeasure at the deplorable state of Navigational Aids at airports around the country which makes flying in the Nigerian airspace virtually impossible during the harmattan season.
AON lamented the increasing sufferings of passengers and distruption of operators’ schedules and plans for the yuletide season due to flight cancellations.
Chairman of the union, Capt. Nogie Meggison who made its position known yesterday at his Lagos office noted that exactly 48 years on December 28, 1968, the first aircraft operated at CAT lll and landed in zero visibility at Heathrow Airport,  while it is still impossible  to land aircraft with visibility of about 800m in Nigeria.

Harmattan Haze: Airlines Return to Normal Schedule as Visibility Improves


Local and international airlines have returned to their normal schedules as the harmattan haze that disrupted their operations, especially in northern airports for days running, has begun to clear, paving way for improved visibility.

Checks by Daily Sun, yesterday evening, showed that flights departed on schedule, except for local operators that had other challenges.
Virtually all flights to the north were successfully operated, a development that gladdened air travellers.
Maiduguri reported a visibility of 1.5 km or 1,500 metres yesterday and had flights operated into its airport.
Airline staff said Sokoto, Kebbi and Yola also had good visibilities for flight operations.
Weather alert from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) for December 26 indicated that most parts of the central cities like Abuja, Minna, Bida, Lafia, Jos, Makurdi, Lokoja, Akure, Owerri, Port Harcourt, and Ilorin would experience thick dust haze with visibilities expected to be around 1,000 metres and could plunge lower in the next 10hours or less from time of issuance.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Nigeria's Aviation News Headlines for Wednesday December 28, 2016

The year 2016 is gradually vanishing into history! It has been an eventful year for the aviation industry in Nigeria and the world at large. 
We can only pray for good health to the airlines and safer skies for the industry.
Please read the headlines as reported in some Nigerian dailies and follow the links for the details.

NCAA Cautions Airlines Over Poor Weather

NCAA cautions airlines over poor weather
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday cautioned airlines not to embark on any trip, if the prevailing weather is below the approved minimal for any airport.
The warning came amid concerns over cancellation and delay of flights by many airlines as the harmattan haze intensifies.
The NCAA spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, said airlines know what to do when visibility is poor, adding that it would be against the interest of safety for any pilot to initiate any flight when it is below the approved weather minima for the airport.
He confirmed that poor visibility had huge toll on flights, but not enough reason for any pilot to violate the prescribed weather regulations.
Adurogboye said: “The weather has been poor. Once it is below the approved weather minima for each airport, it is no go at all.”
A few weeks ago, the NCAA issued an advisory circular to pilots about the hazards associated with harmattan dust haze prevalent in some parts of the country.
The circular was part of its resolve to ensure safe flight operations in Nigeria’s airspace.
The circular also offered guidance to help prevent incidents or accidents caused by such weather-related occurrences.
More Passengers Stranded as Bad Weather Forces 
Airlines to Cancel Flights

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) tuesday said there would be more flight cancellation and delays by airline operators as a result of the Southward bound dust haze coming from Niger and Chad Republic.
Flight cancellation by virtually all the airlines operating from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, caused agonising experience for passengers who could not make their trips outside of Abuja.
Corroborating what the DG of the agency, Mr. Anthony Anuforom, told THISDAY last Monday, the agency’s latest weather report monitored on its broadcast station, said that the weather condition across the country is not likely to improve in the days ahead.
With a coupled of airlines grounded as a result of bad weather, operators however declined speaking on the quantum of their loses due to their inability to fly.

Why Nigerian Insurance Firms can’t Underwrite Aviation Risks –Medview MD

The lack of capacity by Nigerian insurance firms to provide cover for airlines, scarcity of foreign exchange and devaluation of the country’s currency, the naira, are threatening the operations of many carriers in the country.
Managing Director, Medview Airlines, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, stated this while speaking with New Telegraph in Monrovia at the weekend when the airline began air services to Accra, Freetown and Monrovia.
The Nigerian market is grossly unable to effectively underwrite risks in aviation because of the high exposure of an average $500 million to cover hull, war and third party liability.
He stated that the attitude of operators who reneged on paying their premiums forced insurance firms to threaten to withdraw cover for defaulting airlines.

NCAA Penalises Arik for Delaying Delivery of Passengers’ Luggage

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed Nigerian major carrier, Arik Air, to pay N6 million penalty for violating operation regulations over delay of passengers’ luggage.
The airline would also within 30 days, pay $150 to each passenger whose luggage was delayed and for the inconveniences they suffered waiting for days for the delivery of their bags.
NCAA explained that the airline contravened the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations by its actions and the penalties were aimed at deterring them from such malfeasance in future.
“Arik Air Limited has been sanctioned by NCAA for contravening the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations. Earlier, the authority was inundated with complaints of delay and inability to ferry the passengers’ checked-in luggage on the airline’s services from London to Lagos from December 2, 3 and 4.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Nigeria Aviation News Headlines for Tuesday December 27, 2016

Hazy Weather: Passengers Stranded as Airlines Cancel Flights

Hundreds of passengers were stranded yesterday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos following flight delays and cancellations occasioned by the harmattan dust haze across many parts of the country.
There were fears that most of the flights might be cancelled as the weather conditions did not improve as at 4 p.m. yesterday.
Many passengers expressed frustration over the development, saying they were unable to celebrate the holidays with their families. At the domestic Terminal 2 of the airport, Mr. Martins Onome who was travelling to Port Harcourt said his flight scheduled for 8 a.m. had been cancelled.

Medview Airline Rewards Partners, Staff

The airline gave awards to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)  at Medview Airline’s 2016 Award Night while it also  awarded its service providers accolades and awarded them for being steadfast all through the year.

Travellers Decry Skeletal Services at Port Harcourt Airport

Asaba to resume flight for big planes in March
Travellers have lamented their ordeal at the Port Harcourt International Airport, especially 
during this Yuletide.
A visit to the airport at Omagwa in Ikwere Local Council of Rivers State yesterday showed several passengers mumbling at the arrival terminal.
One of the passengers, Mr. Emmanuel Thomson, said: “There is nothing to show that one is at the airport. No improvement at this festive period. We all are aware that the airport has been in a state of disrepair for long but one would think that the festive period would bring some augmentation but that did not happen.

Russian Plane Crash: First ‘black box’ Located in the Sea

The flight data recorder of the Russian military airliner which crashed in the Black Sea on Sunday has been found, Russian officials say.
It is the first “black box” to be found from the Tu-154 jet, which came down with the loss of all 92 passengers and crew.
The plane crashed soon after take-off from an airport near the city of Sochi.
It was carrying artistes due to give a concert for Russian troops in Syria, along with journalists and military.
The search for victims’ bodies is continuing, with one unofficial report on Tuesday saying the remains of 16 people had been found so far.
The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi’s Adler airport at 05:25 (02:25 GMT) on Sunday, heading for Latakia in Syria, the defence ministry said.
The flight had originated in Moscow and landed in Sochi for refuelling.
It was carrying 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble, as well as one of Russia’s best-known humanitarian figures, Yelizaveta Glinka, known as Dr Liza, executive director of the Fair Aid charity.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Nigeria Aviation News Headlines for Monday December, 26 2016

Med-View: Why We Left Passengers' Luggage in London

Med-View: Why we left passengers' luggage in London
Med-View Airline has attributed its inability to return luggage of its London passengers to the failure of Gatwick Airport Authorities to screen the baggage after the airline had deployed another flight to return them.
The airline had dispatched special flight to Gatwick London to bring the luggage but the aircraft arrived on Saturday without the luggage.
It was learnt that due to excess baggage by some passengers, the airline could not return the extra luggage and the Gatwick Authorities had to screen the baggage again before the airline could airlift them.
But the screening could not be carried out due to the Christmas holiday, it was gathered.
In a statement on Sunday, the airline said this explained why the special flight returned without the luggage since a fresh screening would have to be done on the baggage.
Med-View expressed regret over the development, saying the Gatwick Airport on arrival of the aircraft said it had no capacity to screen the baggage as only a handful of its workforce was on duty.

Several bodies found at Russian Plane crash site, as singer escapes death
Russian rescue workers collect wreckage from the crashed plane at a pier just outside Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. Russian ships, helicopters and drones are searching for bodies after a plane carrying 93 people crashed into the Black Sea. The plane was taking the Alexandrov Ensemble, a military choir, to perform at Russia's air base in Syria when it went down shortly after takeoff. (AP Photo/Viktor Klyushin)

Several bodies have been found at the crash site of missing Russian military Tu-154 aircraft in the Black Sea, Russian media reported on Sunday, citing Defence Ministry press service.
However a singer in the Red Army Choir declared dead in the Sochi air disaster is alive, as his passport was out of date and was forbidden to fly.
Roman Valutov, 29, was in the list of the aircraft passengers, but did not board the doomed flight as his passport expired in July.
The ill-fated plane, en route to the Syrian port city of Latakia, vanished from the radar screens shortly after taking off from an airfield in the southern Russian cit Adler at 5.40 a.m. Moscow Time (0240 GMT), according to Russian media reports.“Fragments of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Tu-154 aircraft were discovered in 1.5 kilometers from the Black Sea shore of Sochi at a depth of 50-70 meters,” the defence ministry said.

Alleged Hijackers of Libyan Plane Appear in Malta Court

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The two men accused of using fake weapons to hijack a Libyan plane earlier this week with 117 people on board before diverting it to Malta appeared in court Sunday.
Moussa Saha and Ali Ahmed Saleh pleaded not guilty in Valletta's law courts to a string of offences including hijacking a plane and threatening passengers.
If convicted they face maximum sentences of life in jail.
The Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 was en route from Sabha in southern Libya to the capital Tripoli when it was taken over and forced to fly to Malta, sparking a four-hour runway standoff.
While the two suspects were initially thought to have used a real grenade and at least one pistol to stage the hijacking, it later emerged that they had allegedly used fake weapons, a Maltese government statement said.
The pair were escorted into the Christmas Day hearing under heavy armed security and the two men were wearing bullet proof vests.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Ethiopian Airlines to Commence Direct Flights to Singapore


Come June 2017, Ethiopian Airlines will 
direct flight services to Singapore from
 AddisAbaba using the ultra-modern Boeing 787. 
Singapore is a commercial hub and a major gate way to Asia and Australia. Knowing that Nigerians love to travel and with a good number of Nigerians resident in Singapore ,it will not be an exaggeration to say that most of the passengers who will travel to Singapore from Africa via Ethiopian airlines will come from Nigeria!
The Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewode GebreMariam was quoted by traveldaily as saying that the non-stop flight to Singapore" will serve the growing traffic between Africa and Singapore, giving the best possible connectivity options to passengers travelling between most points in Asia and Africa, in partnership with fellow Star member, Singapore "
Ethiopian Airlines is one of Africa's best airlines operating 240 daily flights across 90 destinations in 5 continents. The airline also operates the youngest fleet in Africa with an average of 5 years.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Delta to Terminate Code-share Agreement with Alaska Air in 2017

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330 aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Delta Air is set to terminate code-share agreement with Alaska Air having deepened its own operations in the Pacific Northwest  reducing the need for code-sharing.
Reuters reports that in 2016, Delta put its code on about 78,000 scheduled flights on  Alaska Airlines .
With the recent acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Air, Delta and Alaska are more of competitors than partners so ending the code share agreement did not  come a surprise to observers in the aviation industry.

Arik Air Resumes Full Flight Services After Disruption by Aviation Unions in Nigeria

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Arik Air today resumed full flight operations after yesterday's disruption by members of Aviation Union in Nigeria.The resumption follows  intervention by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority .
Arik Air released a statement on Tuesday evening saying that flight services from both Lagos and Abuja had commenced while full scheduled operations will resume from the morning of Wednesday, 21 December, 2016.
Arik Air says additional flights  and bigger aircraft have been introduced to clear the "backlog of passengers whose flights were affected by the unions’ disruptive action on Tuesday, 20 December, 2016".
The airline also advised passengers whose flights were affected to call 01 2799999 or email for re-booking options.
Flight disruption by aviation unions seem to be on the increase in recent times. From Kenya Airways to Lufthansa and with the British Airways cabin crew and Britain's airport workers also threatening to go on strike over pay and welfare, labour issues are indeed universal.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Weak Global Economy Forces Etihad Airways to Layoff Workers

A model Etihad Airways plane is seen on stage before the unveiling of the new home jersey for the New York City Football Club in New York November 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
photo credit: Reuters

United Arab Emirates National Carrier; Etihad has announced plans to lay off workers in different parts of its business to minimize cost , improve productivity and revenue as it tries to cope with weak global economy.
An Etihad Airways spokesman told Reuters that a majority of staff affected  were through "natural attrition" and the vacancies will not be filled.
One just hopes that the current economic recession in Nigeria is not one of the reasons for this job cut by Etihad as the airline said it was operating in an "increasingly competitive landscape," against a backdrop of "weakened global economic conditions."

Just recently ,Etihad signed a code-share agreement with German Carrier; Lufthansa in order to strengthen its European Union Operations. The agreement allows Lufthansa  to jointly sell tickets with Etihad on some routes.

British Airport Strike: Etihad, Emirates Make Contingency Plans


Anyone travelling to Britain this weekend should be on alert as Airport workers in the United Kingdom are threatening to go on 48 hours strike this weekend over wages and condition of service.
Though talks aimed at settling the dispute has been scheduled for Tuesday December 20, 2016, United Arab Airlines Emirates and Etihad said they are monitoring the situation and have also made contingency plans for their flight operations to the UK on Friday should the British airport workers go ahead with the strike.
According to a report in about 1,500 airport staff comprising check-in, baggage handlers and cargo staff working under Swissport Company are championing the strike.

Reports say it is still unclear how many UK airports will be affected but there are fears that airports in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Heathrow, Stansted, Leeds and Bradford might be affected since they employ staff from Swiss port; the company whose staff are spearheading the industrial action.

Nigeria's Aviation New Headlines for Monday December 19, 2016

It is a few days to Christmas and airports across the world are bound to witness huge passenger traffic as people travel to various destinations to celebrate with loved ones.
 However, Nigerian airlines and their passengers are not finding things easy. Airlines are willing to fly and some of them have even introduced additional flights to key domestic destinations for the convenience of air travelers but their major headache now is the scarcity of aviation fuel.
Please find the headlines below and follow the links to read the stories in full. 

Air passengers were yesterday stranded at airports across the country as domestic airlines ran short of aviation fuel to carry out scheduled flight operations.

Passengers Groan as Airlines Cancel Flights over Fuel Scarcity

Air passengers were yesterday stranded at airports across the country as domestic airlines ran short of aviation fuel to carry out scheduled flight operations.
While most of the passengers were delayed for several hours before takeoff in Lagos, others in Port Harcourt, Abuja were not so lucky as their flights were cancelled after delays.
The development has, however, left some passengers with no choice than to travel by road, while calling on the authorities to address aviation fuel scarcity.

NCAA Warns Over Anti-Competitive Practices In Aviation

Nigeria,s Minister of State for Aviation ;Senator Hadi Sirika

  • Audits, clears Arik

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned all industry stakeholders to avoid anti-competitive practices in the aviation sector.
The aviation regulatory body expressed concern over recent cases of what it described as disinformation prevalent in the industry.
The agency further noted that it is unfathomable that some questionable sources have been posting and circulating some cruelly fictitious stories about some airlines – insinuating a crash or claiming a particular carrier does not possess aircraft spares to sustain a safe operation.
Spokesman for the NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, in a statement disclosed that the authority only recently carried out a safety audit on Arik Air and there were no issue of safety concern found. Such reports should therefore be discountenanced.
“All those involved in this nefarious activity should promptly desist from this course of action as the consequences are seriously detrimental to the industry, particularly the confidence of the passengers.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is well aware of the high volume of passenger movement within the country and from the diaspora during the yuletide season,” 

How Forex Scarcity Threatens Airlines’ Insurance Payment

A fresh crisis is brewing in Nigeria’s domestic airline industry as operators say the scarcity or high cost of foreign exchange (forex) is frustrating efforts to pay insurance premium on aircraft used in the country.Lloyd’s of London, the world’s leading insurance market, has also issued a warning to Nigerian airline operators saying it might be forced to blacklist the country in the face of continued failure of some operators to fulfill their obligations of paying their premiums to the insurer regularly. Insurance cover is a mandatory requirement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for all airline operators in the country which must include the aircraft, passengers and other third party liabilities in case of an air crash.
The root of the crisis
Most airlines in Nigeria charge passenger fares in naira (the local currency). However, the inability of the local insurance and re-insurance industry to fully handle in the past, huge risks associated with air crashes given their low capitalisation which mars the speedily payment of compensation or indemnity to airlines and victims, has forced most Nigerian airlines into getting their aircraft insured abroad, especially with Llyod of London.

Danger in Sky as Domestic Airlines Fly on Broken wings

  …How to avert looming disaster

When Aero Contractors, one of the leading airlines on domestic routes, vacated the Nigerian skies on September 1, 2016, many were shocked because the death of the foremost airline, aside throwing about 1,300 workers into the job market, also exposed parlous state of the surviving local carriers on which experts have warned that they  are  close to extinction.
Daily Sun checks reveal that about N1 trillion debt is strangulating the domestic airlines,  and with the Naira oscillating between N395 and over N400 to the  dollar, analysts say they are living on borrowed time, as they precariously fly through their worst business climate in the history of civil aviation in Nigeria. This is because 90 per cent of their operations, especially the costly but mandatory ones like crew training, overseas maintenance and spares, require huge foreign exchange, now tough to source.
However, passenger and cargo tickets are sold in naira; which means they need so much naira to buy expensive dollars at the black market rate to operate. The average ticket for a an hour flight today is N23,000 (about $60) but a C-check (aside other minor checks) for a B737-500 (the popular aircraft in Nigeria) costs up to $800,000. More so, a litre of Jet A1 (which gulps over 60 per cent of their operational budget) goes for as high as N325, especially in northern airports and a B737-500 has capacity for about 40,000 litres, which cannot do more than seven hours service. Worse still, any attempt to jack up fares may lead to market resistance because recession has weakened the purchasing power of air travellers such that a good number of them now travel by road.

Arik Air Gets EASA's Authorization to Fly into any European Union Country

Nigeria’s largest airline; Arik Air has continued to give Nigeria, West and Central Africa’s Aviation sector global recognition as the airline has just received approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency’s(EASA) Third Country Operators(TCO) to fly into any country under the European Union.
Arik Air revealed in a statement signed by the airline’s spokesperson; Mr. Adebanji Ola that out of 700 non-European Carriers that applied for EASA approval, only 590 completed the certification procedure before the deadline of November 26 set by EASA. “Arik Air is also the only operator in Nigeria to get this Authorisation which is a requirement for all non-European airline operators to fly into European Union (EU) countries”

Arik Air sure has a lot of credentials to show for her safe flight operations in ten years of operations as the airline is the only Nigerian carrier that is four-times certified by the International Air Transport Association’s(IATA) Operational Audit(IOSA) with the most recent being in October 2016.
The airline says “This achievement has also earned Arik Air, EIOSA (Enhanced IATA Operational Safety Audit) status making it the only airline in the West and Central African region to have such certification”
“Arik Air is also the only Nigerian airline to have received the Part 129 approval from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which enables the airline to operate a Nigerian-registered aircraft to the USA”

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Nigeria's Air Peace to Launch Uyo Route Today

5N-BQU Air Peace Dornier Do-328JET-310 photographed at Palma De Mallorca - Son San Juan (PMI / LEPA) by Dani Guerrero

Nigeria's promising domestic airline; Air Peace is steadily establishing her wings across the country as the airline plans to launch flight operations to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State today Sunday December 18, 2016. The airline advertised on their website that the maiden flight will depart Lagos at 6:50 pm on Sunday and leave Uyo at 7:30 am on Monday.
Dana and Arik Air are already on the not-so-busy Uyo route ,so the coming of Air Peace to that route means more choices for the passengers but fewer load for the airlines.
Congrats to Air Peace !

How to Avoid Undue Stress at Nigerian Airports This Christmas Season

Christmas is almost here and Nigerians must travel recession or no recession!
However, travelling by air has great benefits and peculiar challenges but with good preparation one can avoid unnecessary pressure at the airports this season.
One thing air- travelers especially leisure travelers must imbibe is the habit of booking their tickets ahead of time. Why wait for last minute rush when you already knew you would travel for Christmas festivities?  It is very easy to purchase flight tickets with advancement in technology. Tickets can be purchased directly from the airlines via their websites or sales offices. Tickets can be purchased from airlines’ partner banks. Flight tickets are also available on online travel shops like Jumia Travel
and with just a click, intending passengers can login to the portal and choose from an array of available flights by various airlines.
If you don’t buy ticket ahead of time, it means you are prepared to spend more and you will definitely do so.
Also, passengers need to maximize the availability of online check-in to minimize airport stress. Most Nigeria's domestic airlines like Arik Air, Dana, MedviewAir Peace
 have online check-in facility on their websites. You can save yourself so much stress by just checking- in online.
Airline passengers should be avoid carrying unnecessary luggage. Why pay excess baggage fee for something you do not really need for your trip. Domestic airlines in Nigeria charge as high as 500 naira per kilogram of excess luggage. You can save so much money by making an alternative arrangement to cargo your load if you must carry them.
Airline passengers must also learn to get to the airport on time to avoid missing their flights. Vehicular traffic is usually high this season so intending passengers need to factor that in and leave for the airport well ahead of time.  
Airline passengers must learn to pay attention to announcements at the airport. Some people get to the airport on time but still miss their flights because they did not hear boarding announcement.

Travelling by air shouldn’t be stressful but the peculiarities of the airports in Nigeria can really make it cumbersome. But passengers can make the most of their travel experience by playing their part.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Bleak Christmas Awaits Airline Passengers in Nigeria as Fuel Scarcity Worsens

Christmas is almost here but intending air-travelers across Nigeria should gear-up for flight delays, cancellations and increase in airfares except something urgent is done to ensure uninterrupted availability of aviation fuel as well as price stability.
All domestic airlines in Nigeria are affected by the current scarcity but the worst hit is Arik Air; West and Central Africa’s largest airline.
The airline says its daily fuel requirement for smooth flight operations is about 500,000 liters but it is only able to get between 180,000 to 200,000 liters at the moment because of the worsening scarcity especially in the past ten days.
Arik Air does about 100 flights daily and flies to most destinations across Nigeria in addition to regional and international destinations.
The spokesman of Arik Air; Mr. Adebanji Ola in a statement said “despite the abrupt and random fuel price increase by some marketers, which the airline may be forced to pass on to its customers, the product supply still remains epileptic’’.

While appealing for the understanding of its passengers ,Arik Air advised passengers to always visit the airline’s website, or contact the Call Center on 01 2799999 to confirm the status of their flights before going to the airport

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Nigeria Aviation News Headlines for Thursday December 15, 2016

This issue of aviation fuel scarcity has lingered for too long! No matter how prepared airlines are to meet the travel demands of this season, without adequate supply of aviation fuel more passengers will be left stranded. 

Find the headlines before and follow the links to read the full stories.

Air Passengers Stranded as Aviation Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder Nationwide

Air passengers in Nigeria are stranded at airports nationwide, as airline operators jostle for aviation fuel, amidst scarcity that is getting worse.
On Tuesday, the passengers, some of whom were on transit, waited endlessly for the departure hall. While few were lucky to later travel, others were later informed that their scheduled flights had been cancelled.
Aviation fuel, otherwise called Jet-A1, is a specialised type of petroleum-based fuel used to power aircraft and normally accounts for over 30 per cent of operation cost of an airline.

Buhari Promises Quick Completion of Four Airport Terminals

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that most of the stalled projects in the aviation industry will soon resume and be completed in record time.
He particularly mentioned four of the terminals under construction at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Nnamdi Azikiwe International  Airport, Abuja and the Port-Harcourt Airport.
The President made the disclosure Wednesday at the presentation of 2017 ‘Budget of Recovery and Growth’ before a joint sitting of the National Assembly.
The four terminals constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) at Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt airports can no longer be delivered this year due to some noticeable technical deficiencies.
According to the President: “Consequently, work has resumed on a number of stalled infrastructure projects such as the construction of new terminals at the country’s four major airports; numerous major road projects; key power transmission projects; and the completion of the Kaduna-Abuja railway to mention a few.”

Nigerians to Pay More for International Passport

The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Muhammad Babandede yesterday said Nigerians would now have to pay more for their international passports.
According to him, the hike in fees was necessitated by the high cost of producing the booklets abroad, which had become unsustainable and uncompetitive under the current dispensation.
Babandede made the disclosure at the flag off of a capacity development programme for 500 immigration officers on ICT organised by the NIS in conjunction with Huawei Technologies in Abuja.
He said it had become increasingly difficult for the immigration service to pay for the passport booklets outside the country because of the fall in value of the naira.
“You will agree with me that air tickets have doubled, you are also aware that a lot of things have changed, but the passport fees have not changed. We cannot afford to service these passports with the current charges,” he said.