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Engineering Council endorses closure of Abuja airport for repairs

Engineering Council endorses closure of Abuja airport for repairs

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has given their support to the plan by the Federal Government to shut down the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for six weeks. COREN President, Kashim Abdul Ali who led a delegation Wednesday on a visit to the Minister of State Aviation, Hadi Sirika at

Foreign airline operators kick against proposed shutdown of Abuja airport

Representatives of foreign airline operators say the Kaduna airport is not an option to them during the period the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will be under repairs. On December 19, Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, said the Abuja airport would be closed for six weeks between February and March 2017 to enable

Niger says Minna airport the ‘wise’ option during repair of Abuja airport

The Niger state government has advised the federal government to make use of the Minna International Airport during the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, has already announced the choice of Kaduna international airport as alternative. But Jonathan Vatsa, Niger commissioner for information, said Minna airport

Closure of Abuja airport: We’ll rather lose billions of dollars than risk lives, says FG

The federal government says it prefers to lose billions of dollars in revenue than to risk lives. Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, said this on Monday, disclosing that Thursday had been slated for engaging stakeholders in the industry on issues arising from the proposed closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Sirika

FG to shut down Abuja airport

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, will be closed for six weeks in February and March 2017 for total repairs on the runway. Mr. Sirika told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the closure will allow Julius Berger carry out total re-construction on the badly damaged

Airlines receive special forex intervention from CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intervened to rescue the aviation and other select sectors of the economy from the scarcity of foreign exchange which has crippled their operations. A Special Secondary Market Intervention Retail Sales (SMIS) has been approved for airlines operating in the country. This important one-off exercise is dedicated to the

UPDATE: Arik to resume operations noon Wednesday

Arik Air, one of Nigeria’s leading airlines forced on Tuesday by growing economic difficulties to suspend operations, will resume flight activities on Wednesday afternoon, a top management source has told Nigerian Times. The source said management has ruled out morning flights for financial reasons. He said this was to enable banks open and allow the

BREAKING: Arik shuts down operations

Arik Airlines, a leading airline in the country has grounded operations for 24 hours beginning from today. A senior management staff told Nigerian Times off record that the biting economic situation in the country particularly the spiraling cost of aviation fuel, has necessitated the move. He could not immediately confirm if the move would be

Sirika begins concessioning of Nigeria’s airports

The federal government has kick-started the concession process for the nation’s major airports, with the inauguration of two committees; a Project Steering Committee, and a Project Delivery Committee by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika. Performing the inauguration in his office, the Minister said the Project Steering Committee with him as Chairman, is

Surviving airlines are only doing national service, says Arik

Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, chairman of Arik Air, one of Nigeria’s surviving airline, says the policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) do not favour local airlines. Arumemi-Ikhide, who prides himself as the founder of West Africa’s largest airline, also said Nigerian airlines “are just offering national service”, stating that the fares are the lowest in

After Aero, First Nation Airways suspends operations

First Nation airlines has suspended its operations barely 24 hours after Aero Contractors, another airline, announced the indefinite suspension of its own operations, the Cable has reported. Muhtar Usman, director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), announced the suspension in a statement where he also explained Aero Contractor’s absence from the aviation scene. Usman

Aviation unions besiege Aero Contractors over indefinite leave handed 1,400 workers

Aviation unions on Thursday besieged the head office of Aero Contractors Airline at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, a day after the embattled airline announced the suspension of flight operations and placed workers on an indefinite leave. Benjamin Okewu, the president, Air Traffic Services Senior Staff Association, told journalists on Thursday that the unions

Breaking: Aero shuts down operation as Nigeria aviation goes comatose

Nigeria’s second largest commercial carrier, Aero Contractors Airlines has joined the bandwagon of airlines closing shop in Nigeria due to unprofitable economic condition in the country. Aero’s management stated that the suspension was part of the strategic business realignment to reposition the airline and return it to profitability. It stated that this “business decision”, which

Aviation union urges FG to focus on revitalising unviable airports

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch, has urged the Federal Government to prioritise revamping unviable airports to boost their fortunes. This is contained in a statement jointly signed by its National Chairman, Mr Rasaki Ope and Secretary, Mrs Njoku Emeka, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.

FG set to de-congest Abuja airport

The federal government has given indication that it will soon put in place security equipments at the domestic terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in order to enable some airlines operate from there. This it said will help decongest the current traffic at the international terminal and make surveillance easier without hampering the

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