Aero begins Bauchi route , Maiduguri, others to follow

Aero begins Bauchi route , Maiduguri, others to follow

Mahmood laments restrictive Forex to carriers     Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors is making a huge stride and restrategising amid challenges brought about COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, the carrier has concluded plans to launch Lagos-Bauchi route via Abuja as part of its expansion programme, just as the carrier is leveraging on its aircraft Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility in Lagos as edge over all other airlines in the country and a huge source…

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Navigational tools, infrastructure in deplorable state-Air traffic controllers

Navigational tools, infrastructure in deplorable state-Air traffic controllers

Controllers allege due process recruitment violation Grapple with terrestrial frequency, others Traffic Controllers under the aegis of National Air Traffic Controllers Association, (NATCA) have raised alarm over obsolete tools they work with including the deplorable state of many of the control towers across the nation which they say could hamper air safety. The group also lamented what it described as poor radio communication frequency between pilot and air traffic controllers during flight operation. Communication facilities…

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FAA downgrades Mexico to category 2

FAA downgrades Mexico to category 2

Action prohibits new service, routes to the US   The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded Mexico to aviation category 2 after discovery that the country does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. Based on its latest International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) process, the FAA thereby downgraded Mexico’s rating to Category 2 from Category.  This is big and terrible news for the Mexican airline industry. While the new rating allows Mexican airlines…

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Airlink advises customers on new Zambia travel restrictions

Airlink advises customers on new Zambia travel restrictions

New Zambia imposes Airlink, the independent Southern African regional airline has advises travellers to Zambia that new restrictions have been introduced, which may affect their travel plans. The airline, in a statement made available to Aviation Metric, said with immediate effect, all travellers must test negative for COVID-19 in a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their departure to Zambia. Travellers will be required to present the negative test result certificate…

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Nigeria lends support as NIMET graduates Gambia trainees

Nigeria lends support as NIMET graduates Gambia trainees

WMO encourages member states to close gaps through partnership-Sirika   The Federal Government through the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has lent its support to Gambia and other nations desirous of meteorological services as the agency has helped to train meteorologists from the West African nation. This is part of the strategy by Nigeria to further strengthen the expansion of weather and climate services to vulnerable sectors and the user community. This is coming as NiMet…

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Tourism body inaugurates board

Tourism body inaugurates board

Following wide and prolonged consultations amongst ATPN members and stakeholders, a new Association of Tourism Practitioners Of Nigeria (ATPN) Board of Trustee had been. The inauguration took place last week Friday via virtual conference. Members of the board are Alhaji Kabir Malan, John Best, Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun, Chief Andy Ehanire,  Frank Meke and Abdulmumin Mapindi. The visibly elated Board Chairman, Malan reminded members that ATPN remains the precursors of an omnibus Tourism Association in Nigeria,…

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Green Africa offers N16, 500 low fares, opens website

Green Africa offers N16, 500 low fares, opens website

gFlyers to get Additional 10% off-First Booking Green Africa, Nigeria’s Lagos-based value airline, has commenced flight tickets sales with offerings as low as N16,500.The Booking website greenafrica.com is now open to the public for ticket purchase activities following the pre-sales approval of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Cities to be served are Lagos (LOS) connecting Akure (AKR), Ilorin (ILR), Abuja (ABV), Owerri (QOW), Port Harcourt (PHC) and Enugu (ENU).  According to the airline, flights…

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Nigerian Airports: Window To ‘Unfriendliness’

Nigerian Airports: Window To ‘Unfriendliness’

For much of society, free Wi-Fi has evolved into something of a right, and the trend at airports is to treat it as an amenity no different from water fountains, trams and Muzak. Nigeria is still far or yet to embrace technology that could close the gap on the unfriendliness of her airports, writes WOLE SHADARE Competitive advantage The commercialisation and privatisation of airports in combination with the deregulation of the aviation market have introduced…

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GCR Upgrades NOVA Merchant Bank’s Rating

GCR Upgrades NOVA Merchant Bank’s Rating

Global Credit Rating has upgraded NOVA Merchant Bank’s Long Term Issuer Rating from BBB- to BBB with a stable outlook. The reasons given for the upgrade include the Bank’s strong capitalisation, risk position, liquidity and evolving brand. The upgrade in the Bank’s rating comes shortly after Datapro recently reaffirmed the “A” rating of it’s N10 billion 7-Year Subordinated Unsecured Bond which was oversubscribed by 300% when initially issued. This achievement also follows the recent publication of…

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Reps canvass more funding for aviation agencies

Reps canvass more funding for aviation agencies

The House of Representatives has sought for more funding of the aviation agencies to enable them cope with the increase in demands for air travel. Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji stated this in Abuja on Monday during an interaction between  the committee and  the heads of agencies led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hassan Musa. The interaction was at the instance of a motion on the urgent need to…

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