Aviation Minister Shines, Bags ICAO ‘No Country Left Behind Initiative Award

Aviation Minister Shines, Bags ICAO ‘No Country Left Behind Initiative Award

Sirika Reiterates Nigeria’s Commitment To Aviation Development   By demonstrating the strong links between ICAO’s Strategic Objectives and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has successfully advocated for aviation to be viewed as a strategic tool in the economic development of States. Consequently, for championing the ‘No Country Left Behind’ which the UN introduced in 2014, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika has been recognised and honoured by…

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Aviation must meet ‘ambitious’ carbon targets: IATA

Aviation must meet ‘ambitious’ carbon targets: IATA

The aviation sector must meet “ambitious” goals enshrined in the Paris Climate Accords to reduce its carbon footprint, the head of an international air transport body said Tuesday. Delegates of the 193 member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) convene from Tuesday until October 7 at the Montreal headquarters of the UN agency for its 41st triennial assembly With air transport in the spotlight for its outsized role in the climate crisis, the…

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World Tourism Day: Tourism plays key role in economic dev’t, says Skal President, Olotu

World Tourism Day: Tourism plays key role in economic dev’t, says Skal President, Olotu

President, Skal International (Nigeria) Mr. Daisi Olotu has re-emphasised the importance of tourism as an effective tool for socio-economic development, adding that the tourism sector plays a key role as a driving force of economic development with a huge impact the industry can have in the different stages of economic development depends on the specific characteristics of each country. Olotu spoke at an occasion to mark this year’s 42nd World Tourism Day with the theme,…

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Taxes, Fees, Charges Hamper Africa’s Air Travel

Taxes, Fees, Charges Hamper Africa’s Air Travel

Astronomical airport charges, taxes, and all other sundry fees are hampering air travel in Africa, according to Asky Airlines Commercial Director, Mr. Nowel Ngala. He stated this in Lagos over the weekend, noting that those charges and others had led to the high cost of air travel in the region. He urged African governments to come together with a view to harmonising fares and charges. His words: “This issue of fees and charges keep on…

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Nigeria Air: Taking Shape After An Endless Wait

Nigeria Air: Taking Shape After An Endless Wait

Nigeria has tried unsuccessfully to set up a national airline. At a point, it looked like another exercise in futility, but the Nigeria Air project is presently sounding realistic and sets to launch in the next few weeks, writes WOLE SHADARE Huge fillip The Nigeria Air project is gaining currency and the detailed progression of the exercise by the Federal Government through the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to birth a new national carrier that…

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Qatar Airways Wins Skytrax“Airline of the Year” Award For Unprecedented Seventh Time

Qatar Airways Wins Skytrax“Airline of the Year” Award For Unprecedented Seventh Time

BagsThree Other Major Awards As the airline proudly celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022, Qatar Airways has been named “Airline of the Year” by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax, for an unprecedented seventh time.  At a glittering event in London earlier today, the leading global airline also took home three additional awards including World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining, and Best Airline in the Middle East. Qatar Airways has…

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NiMet’s assented bill to reposition agency for more efficiency, says Prof. Matazu

NiMet’s assented bill to reposition agency for more efficiency, says Prof. Matazu

The Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof Mansur Bako Matazu has said that the NiMet bill that was recently assented to by President Mohammadu Buhari will reposition NiMet and make the Agency effective and efficient. Matazu said this in his opening remarks at the beginning of a two-day training programme for Senior Management staff of NiMet organized in collaboration with the Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria. “I am happy also to mention…

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Nigeria Air, Ethiopian Airlines deal: My position, by Olowo

Nigeria Air, Ethiopian Airlines deal: My position, by Olowo

I once said in my reaction to the speculation that Ethiopian Airlines comes as a partner of the good choice for Air Nigeria and now that it is officially confirmed, my position remains the same. Since the issue of Air Nigeria ” TO BE OR NOT TO BE ” has been laid to rest, given govt insistence to do so, my endorsement is based on the need for the success of any new start-up Airline…

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Nigeria Air sets for launch with three airplanes, Ethiopian Airlines to own 49% stake, FG 5%

Nigeria Air sets for launch with three airplanes, Ethiopian Airlines to own 49% stake, FG 5%

  SAHCOL, MRS, NSF owner consortium   The floating of a national airline for Nigeria would after all materialize as the carrier Nigeria Air, is well on its way to being launched with three Boeing 737-800 aircraft said to be suitable for the Nigerian market. Spokesman for the Minister of Aviation, Dr. James Odaudu in a statement late yesterday night said the carrier would launch a shuttle service between Abuja and Lagos to establish a…

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Asky Airlines to bridge Africa’s inter-connectivity gap, launches five ticket offices

Asky Airlines to bridge Africa’s inter-connectivity gap, launches five ticket offices

66% African routes not connected, seeks more flight rights Seeks removal of travel barriers   With a population of 1.2 billion Africa represents only less than three percent of the global air passenger traffic. The passenger traffic on intra-Africa routes is thin. Air connectivity is underdeveloped. Passengers from Africa to travel to another African country may have to transit in European cities. In the face of this, governments within the region are restricting flight rights;…

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