New Charges: Aviation Ground Handlers Ink Deal To Avert Sabotage

New Charges: Aviation Ground Handlers Ink Deal To Avert Sabotage

Chief Executives of five ground handling companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to guard against economic sabotage amongst its ranks The joint communiqué was signed by Olumuyiwa Olumekun; the Ag. CEO, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc; Mr. Basil Agboarumi, CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc, Mr. Samuel Oluwole, Director Aviation Handling Service (AHS), Alhaji Bello Salihu; CEO, Butake Resources Ltd (BRL) and Mr. John Adebanjo, the CEO, Swissport Nigeria, dated December…

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Aisuebeogun: Flying Across Africa Poses Major Challenge

Aisuebeogun: Flying Across Africa Poses Major Challenge

Richard Aisuebeogun is a former Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). In this interview with WOLE SHADARE, the air transport specialist speaks on how aviation can leverage on Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement and other benefits for the African continent.   Is the aviation sector ripe enough to take advantage of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement? In my opinion on the potentials of the Africa Continental Trade Area agreement,…

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2021 Aviation Review: Admixture Of The Good, Bad, Ugly

2021 Aviation Review: Admixture Of The Good, Bad, Ugly

The year 2021 was not particularly bad for the aviation sector in Nigeria despite the ravaging COVID-19. If anything, it was a year the country’s aviation showed promise. Despite that, there were bad and ugly scenes that dotted the sector, reports WOLE SHADARE Undermining factors The aviation industry crises in Nigeria and around the world have become a study of the forces that are undermining it. No thanks to an almost complete shutdown of both…

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Ethiopian plans to resume MAX services in February

Ethiopian plans to resume MAX services in February

Almost three years since the fatal accident of one of its Boeing MAX 8s, Ethiopian Airlines plans to bring the aircraft back into service from February 2022. The airline is now confident of the safety of the fleet, CEO Tewolde GebreMariam says in a message on Facebook. Elsewhere, the Indonesian regulators have approved the MAX to return to service. Ethiopian plans to resume MAX services in February. When Ethiopian flight ET302 crashed six minutes after takeoff from…

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Kenya Airways, ITA partner for greater market access

Kenya Airways, ITA partner for greater market access

Kenya Airways and ITA Airways, Italy’s new flag carrier, have announced a codeshare agreement providing passengers with seamless connections from the Kenya Airways network to destinations across Europe. Travellers will be able to connect on the Kenya Airways’ network to ITA Airwaysnetwork across Europe and reach some of Italy’s most picturesque cities and towns.   Customers flying from Nairobi with Kenya Airways will be able to conveniently connect to 13 destinations in Italy: Brindisi, Bologna,…

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 UAE suspends entry of Nigerians on all flights, three other nations

 UAE suspends entry of Nigerians on all flights, three other nations

  Transit passengers also affected, suspension takes effect Saturday   The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have again thrown inbound and outbound Nigerian travelers into a fresh round of travel chaos as the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have suspended entry for passengers from Nigeria and three other African countries. The other nations affected are Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. The new travel rule has…

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Despite positive PCR test results, travellers besiege airports for flights

Despite positive PCR test results, travellers besiege airports for flights

Infected people roam about instead of isolation-FAAN cries out The Federal Airports of Nigeria (FAAN) has frowned at passengers who still turn up for flights at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and other airports despite testing positive for COVID-19. The passengers even with PCR test results that show that they are positive for the virus are said to want to fly. Airlines are said to be turning them back in line with the Nigerian…

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Qatar Airways takes Airbus to court over aircraft damage

Qatar Airways takes Airbus to court over aircraft damage

The Qatari flagship carrier, Qatar Airways started legal proceedings on Monday 20 December against The European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus in the High Court of London, after months of failed efforts to reach an agreement and resolve the ongoing dispute. Surface damage Qatar was forced to ground 20 wide-body A350 aircraft over strict instructions from the Qatari Civil Aviation Authority after surface damage was found on the aircraft’s fuselage beneath the paint. The legal case marks an…

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Chaos At Airports As Airlines’ Capacities Overstretched

Chaos At Airports As Airlines’ Capacities Overstretched

Carriers lack critical mass to cope with Yuletide passenger surge Operators’ planes flown out for repairs   Airlines to Owerri, Anambra, Port-Harcourt, Asaba, Uyo, Calabar, and Enugu are operating at full capacity as many of the airlines find it extremely difficult to cope with bookings. Air Peace, Aero, United Nigeria, and some other carriers sensed the predicament their passengers would be subjected to during the Yuletide season. The carriers laid a great plan by acquiring…

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Arik Air sacks pilots for’ Illegal Strike Action’

Arik Air sacks pilots for’ Illegal Strike Action’

The management of the airline said it took the action because the pilots embarked on illegal strike action without recourse to lay down procedures. In a statement by the carrier early Thursday, it said the pilots did not serve a strike notice in accordance with labour laws. They neither submitted any issue of dispute to the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), their umbrella union nor did they submit any statement of demands…

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