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Monday, 23 January 2017
Nigeria Aviation News Headlines For Monday January 23, 2016
Bi-Courtney Invites More Airlines to MMA2
Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) in Lagos, has assured domestic airlines and passengers wishing to use the Kaduna Airport as alternative to Abuja Airport that MMA2 has the capacity to process all domestic flights and passengers during the proposed closure of the latter.
It is expected that many international airlines operating in Abuja would divert to Lagos to offload passengers, which would increase the frequency of local flights emanating from Lagos to other destinations.
Aviation Roundtable Slams NCAA over Abuja Airport Saga
The controversy over the proposed closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja for six weeks has prompted the foremost aviation industry think-tank, Aviation Roundtable (ART), to task the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to conduct an assessment of runways across the country.
The group blamed the NCAA for ‘not being alive to its responsibility’ of conducting safety oversight of the Abuja runway which it said had been due for maintenance 14 years ago.
President of ART, Elder Gabriel Olowo, in a position paper made available to newsmen in Lagos, said the decision to close the airport should have been taken by the NCAA, the industry regulator, and not the government.
He said constant political interference had stifled the effectiveness of NCAA which should have compelled the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to adhere with the stipulated maintenance programme for the Abuja runway.
Golden Tulips Declares Long Term Partnership with Turkish Airlines
The management of Golden Tulip Hotel in Apapa, Lagos has said that it has established long-term partnership with Turkish Airlines to accommodate its passengers if flights are cancelled or delayed, noting that it has been doing this for the airline for some time now.
The hotel made this known in reaction to recent allegation that it threw out some passengers accommodated in the hotel, saying that it couldn’t have done that because such action would contravene the juicy contract it has with Turkish Airlines.
More details of the peaceful battle to restore democracy in The Gambia became known yesterday.
After days of stand-off, former President Yahya Jammeh suddenly agreed to quit office, yielding to last-minute pressure from Guinean President Alpha Conde and his Mauritanian counterpart Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, who were with him between Friday and Saturday.
After agreeing to leave and save The Gambia from a major crisis, Jammeh was confronted by big challenge – how to fly out.
According to The Nation the African Leaders, reached out to All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who authorised his private aircraft to be used to fly Jammeh out of Banjul, sources said.