Africa: Waiting for national air carrier

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In 2003, the Olusegun Obasanjo administration liquidated Nigeria Airways, the government-owned national carrier, because it had failed as a business. However, succeeding administrations and aviation stakeholders feel the country needs a flag carrier to market itself globally. Based on need, administrations after Obasanjo’s have made efforts to set up a national air carrier. The history of a national airline began […]

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Africa: Aviation experts task Nigerian government on national carrier

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Experts in the aviation industry have called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the national carrier project was delivered before the end of 2019. They made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency Abuja, on Wednesday. The Captain of the group, John Ojikutu (Rtd), an Aviation Safety Expert, said that Nigeria would not be able to […]

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Africa: Analysts say Nigeria’s plans for a national airline are likely to fail

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Nigeria’s quest to establish a national carrier has resumed fervently, with the listing of a N47bn ($155m) take-off grant in its 2019 budget. According to a recent statement issued by the minister of state for aviation Hadi Sirika and reported in Nigeria’s Punch newspaper, “President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the viability gap funding for the project be provided for in […]

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Africa: Ghana’s objective of establishing a national carrier progressing

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Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, the Minister of Aviation, says government’s quest to establish a national carrier is progressing steadily and is close to finalising the documentation processes with Ethiopia. Aside, the documentation that involves a partnership agreement, steps had been taken to acquire aircraft from either Airbus Company or Boeing and then followed by registration processes. Mr Adda said this […]

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Africa: Nigeria’s government says no favouritism for national carrier, as it promise to upgrade some airports operating hours to midnight

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has doused the fears of some of the domestic airline expressing concerns that the coming national carrier, Nigeria Air will be given Red Carpet treatment. The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika at the 5th Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum held in the federal Capital Territory, Abuja recently said there would not be any favouritism […]

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Africa: Nigeria’s Aviation Minister Sirika Says National Carrier Project Take Off Date to Be Announced Soon

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Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has reaffirmed that all hope is not lost on the establishment of national carrier in Nigeria having unveiled ” Nigeria Air” in July. The minister said: “The suspended national carrier would be activated as soon as possible, although the December 24th earlier given for its take-off is no longer feasible.” “The Minister who […]

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Africa: Nigeria Government Suspends National Carrier project

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Few months after the Nigerian government unveiled the proposed national carrier project at Farnborough Air Show in London, the Federal Government at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting has suspended the project. Nigeria’s minister of state for aviation Hadi Sirika, who disclosed this to news at the nation’s capital Abuja said the decision to the decision to suspend the project […]

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Africa: Ghana targets America Aviation Category 1 status as it negotiates National Carrier

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Cecilia Abena Dapaah, outgoing Aviation Minister has disclosed government will “by the end of the year move towards the establishment of a home-based carrier.’’ This follows Cabinet’s approval for the Ministry to negotiate with Africa World Airlines, Air Mauritius and Abu Dhabi Aviation while continuing discussions with Ethiopian Airlines, amongst other investors. Government, in October last year granted a policy […]

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Aviation: The African ‘National Carrier Air Race’ begins but the money will go to those mining the miners

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The best news that we have been treated to in recent days is not how ‘African’ the French win of the World cup but the thawing of relations between Ethiopian and Eritrea. Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister is currently hogging all the good headline sections in the press that were a while ago dedicated to Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli. Prime Minister […]

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Africa: 5 things Nigeria’s national carrier should learn from Africa’s most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines

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15 years after the federal government of Nigeria shut down Nigerian Airways, the country’s national carrier, President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has decided to revive the once revered airline. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the refurbished airline was unveiled under a new name, Nigeria Air, at the Farnborough International Public Airshow in London. During the unveiling of the airline, the Minister […]

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