NSIB in great financial position for multi-modal accident probe, releases seven accident reports

NSIB in great financial position for multi-modal accident probe, releases seven accident reports

Safety implementation recommendations up by 82%   Basking in the euphoria of its change of name and responsibility from Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) to the National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) said it is well positioned financially to undertake the onerous task of investigating air, rail, road, and maritime accidents. The Bureau can now investigate serious incidents and accidents in the aviation industry, maritime, rail, and road following the repeal of the AIB Act. Director-General of NSIB, Akin…

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Despite Odds, Nigerian Aviation Sector Shows Resilience

Despite Odds, Nigerian Aviation Sector Shows Resilience

The Nigerian aviation industry in the past seven and half years has not done badly. If anything, the industry has shown resilience and remarkable improvement despite some of the challenges still visible. Taking a holistic review of the industry in 2022, it is safe to safe that it has performed well, writes WOLE SHADARE Path to recovery The aviation industry outlook is cautiously optimistic. The last two years had been the most challenging time that…

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NiMet warns of deterioration of visibility in Northern states

NiMet warns of deterioration of visibility in Northern states

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet has warned the public about the possibility of deterioration in horizontal visibility as a result of thick dust haze propagated into the country from the source region in Niger. The release from the Central Forecast Office (CFO) of the Agency indicates that “favourable conditions for Dust-Haze propagations into the nation will worsen horizontal visibility’. “Stations in Niger (Maine-Soroa, Goure, Maradi, N-guigmi, Diffa and 61091) and Chad (Ndjamena) have both persistently…

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NCAA warns pilots, airlines over hazardous weather

NCAA warns pilots, airlines over hazardous weather

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised pilots and airline operators to exercise caution over hazardous weather in the dry season. This warning was contained in an Advisory Circular (AC) with reference no AC: NCAA-AEROMET – 34 initiated by the Directorate of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS) addressed to all Pilots and Airline Operators and signed by the Director General, Capt. Musa Nuhu dated December 19th, 2022. The advisory circular is the sequel to…

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How national airlines will drive SAATM, AfCFTA agenda in Africa-Illitrus Ahmadu

How national airlines will drive SAATM, AfCFTA agenda in Africa-Illitrus Ahmadu

  Nigeria, others spearhead national carriers’ revival 15 nations in pact to ease travel restrictions       For Africa to reap abundantly from the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), countries in the continent are reviving their state-backed carriers. Amid the challenges, African nations are undaunted and have continued to make investments in new national airlines to take advantage of the new economic…

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Unions reach consensus, back Nigeria Air project, says AON suit unpatriotic

Unions reach consensus, back Nigeria Air project, says AON suit unpatriotic

  Airline at 90% completion stage, group lists benefits   There are indications that the planned national carrier, Nigeria Air was 90 percent ready before some airlines went to court in a bid to abort the project. Consequently, the training of over 40 pilots and cabin crew is ongoing by Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa just as there are plans by the Federal Government is moving swiftly to vacate the suit filed by Air Peace,…

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FG approves N1.3bn for SAHCO’s ex-workers

FG approves N1.3bn for SAHCO’s ex-workers

The Federal Gov­ernment has ap­proved N1.371 bil­lion for the settlement of the entitlements of the ex-workers of avia­tion ground handling service provider- Sky­way Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc. The approval was granted by the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.   This was disclosed on Sunday by a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in the Office of Vice President Laolu Akande in a statement.  …

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Impact of fleet expansion on air travel in Africa

Impact of fleet expansion on air travel in Africa

African airlines are seeing growth and recovery after the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Major airplane makers like Boeing and Airbus are becoming bullish in the aircraft supply market. But all these fleet expansions would amount to nothing until most of the bottlenecks hindering development in the continent’s air transport market are removed, writes, WOLE SHADARE   Bright future The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2019 shocked the world. The fortune of airlines, not only in Africa…

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Recurring jet fuel crisis: Operators groan, warn of impending flight disruptions

Recurring jet fuel crisis: Operators groan, warn of impending flight disruptions

In what is fast becoming a norm in the country’s aviation industry, airline operators under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) have warned of an impending disruption of flight operations due to what they tagged aviation fuel scarcity. The implication of the new fuel saga is that thousands of travelers would be left stranded particularly at this Yuletide. The operators’ spokesman, Prof. Obiorah Okonkwo, who is the chairman of United Nigeria Airline disclosed…

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African airlines estimate $3.5 billion loss for 2022, $800m in Q4, 2022

African airlines estimate $3.5 billion loss for 2022, $800m in Q4, 2022

Despite low infection, vaccination rate in Africa stands at 24.6% The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has stated that the COVID-19 infection rate in Africa is low despite the low vaccination rate of a paltry 24.6 percent compared to the global average of 68.5%. The continent’s airlines’ representative body disclosed that worldwide, the number of cases has reached 630 million and 12.6 million in Africa, stressing that the recovery rate is 99.98% worldwide compared to 98.01%…

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