Aviation: Why Airlines are failing in Nigeria

In quick succession last week, two airlines, Aero Contractors and First Nation Airways, announced the suspension of their scheduled flight operations. The decision triggered anxiety in the aviation sector, especially among employees of the troubled carriers. In the wake of soaring exchange rate and rising operational costs, more domestic airlines are gasping for breath. The hash economy is forcing them […]

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Africa: Aviation sector needs urgent government attention-Uko

Travel expert and organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Ikechi Uko said urgent government attention is needed to save the air travel industry. He spoke to Chinedu Eze. Excerpts: Let’s start with what the economy has done to domestic passenger traffic. What is your evaluation of the market? From my experience in the past two weeks going to Abuja and […]

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African Aviation: Forex crisis is crushing Nigerian Airlines as they abandon Aircraft sent for maintenance

By Chinedu Eze According to Thisday investigations some Nigerian airlines are unable to bring back their aircraft taken abroad for routine maintenance due to their inability to pay outrageous maintenance bills, which have tripled because of the low value of Naira. It learnt that some aircraft have been in different maintenance facilities in Europe, South Africa, Middle East and the […]

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African Aviation: African Open Skies may not Benefit Nigerian Airlines says Arik Manager

By Friday Nwosu The Deputy Managing Director, Flight Operations, Arik Air, Captain Ado sanusi, has said the liberalization of African airspace being championed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) may not be beneficial to Nigerian carriers. Sanusi said this in a report published by Thisday newspaper at the just concluded IATA Day in Abuja. He said the open sky […]

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Uko: Nigerian Airlines Need Govt Support

Travel expert and organiser of Akwaaba Africa Travel Market, Ikechi Uko said government should support Nigerian airlines to be able to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts. He spoke to Chinedu Eze. Excerpts: Most of the airlines in Ghana are targeting Nigerian market, what is the enormity of what we are losing? The normal thing is that every country should […]

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Nigerian Airlines may ground flights as fuel scarcity bits harder

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By Chinedu Eze Nigerian Airline operators have urged passengers to expect more delays or cancelled flights as the scarcity of aviation fuel, known as Jet A1, bites harder, adding that scheduled operations may stop altogether, unless more fuel is delivered in the next few days. Since last week, domestic airlines have faced severe challenges sourcing aviation fuel for their scheduled […]

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Nigerian airlines charged high insurance premiums

LAGOS, Nigeria — Airline owners and the Ministry of Aviation have criticised the insurance industry for designating Nigeria’s aviation industry as high risk which is attracting huge premium to airlines insuring aircraft locally. Captain Roland Iyayi, CEO Top Brass Aviation, expressed the frustration of airline operators at a “stakeholders’ buy-in” of the aviation master plan and dinner in Lagos. Share […]

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