5G Deployment: Panic Grips Airlines

5G Deployment: Panic Grips Airlines

U.S carriers mull flight cancellations   The global aviation industry is expected to be put on edge on Wednesday when telecommunication giants, AT&T and Verizon, launch a new 5G service. As countries including Nigeria are on the verge of deploying 5G, panic is said to have gripped the sector, especially the aviation industry. Nigeria’s deployment of 5G over major urban areas of the country will make it become Africa’s biggest network for the spectrum by…

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Dubai Airports chief, Griffiths predicts Covid testing could end soon

Dubai Airports chief, Griffiths predicts Covid testing could end soon

‘Traffic showing real signs of recovery   Covid-19 testing at airports around the world should end in the near future, Dubai Airports’ chief executive said on Tuesday. Passengers travelling through most airports around the world have had to undergo a Covid test of some type since the outbreak of the pandemic. Paul Griffiths said it was time for regulators to allow for more freedom of travel and to adopt a “normalisation” approach to the virus….

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Condition Of Service: Aviation Workers To Down Tools

Condition Of Service: Aviation Workers To Down Tools

Aviation workers under the aegis of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) have protested against the poor condition of service of workers of the various aviation agencies, which have been on for seven years. Also, the Association of Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) have called for expeditious review of the condition of service of workers…

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Budget: Aviation Gets N78.8bn As National Carrier’s Working Capital Gulps N400m

Budget: Aviation Gets N78.8bn As National Carrier’s Working Capital Gulps N400m

NAMA’s overhead excluded, AIB to spend N159.400m Power project at Lagos, other airports get N881.064m       A total of N78.992 billion has been budgeted for the aviation industry just as the breakdown indicated that N71.300 billion is for capital expenditure, N6.880 billion for personnel cost in 2022, according to the Ministry’s budget sighted by Aviation Metric. This is slightly higher than that of 2021, which had N59.788 billion for capital expenditure; N397.197 million…

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How Govs Wasted N374bn On Unviable Airport Projects

How Govs Wasted N374bn On Unviable Airport Projects

…Many abandoned, others linger for years Abia makes U-turn, says only 5% of residents travel by air Ministry grants Edo approval   Despite the obvious failure of some airport projects embarked upon by some state governments to take off effectively, more state governors are still desperate to build unviable aerodromes in their domains. In this circumstance, the regulatory authorities are “forced” to spend revenue earned from four viable terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and…

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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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Nigeria, UAE end spat as NCAA re-installs Emirates flights

Nigeria, UAE end spat as NCAA re-installs Emirates flights

Air Peace gets daily flight to Dubai   Emirates Airlines is expected to resume flight services to Nigeria as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has cancelled one weekly flight granted the carrier and re-instated its 21 weekly winter frequencies to Lagos and Abuja. This is contained in a letter to the Emirates country Manager, Nigeria signed by the Director General, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu dated 21st, December, 2021. The letter read; “Following further consultation…

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NCAA issues advisory, cautions pilots, airlines over poor weather conditions

NCAA issues advisory, cautions pilots, airlines over poor weather conditions

Wants carriers to cushion effects of flight delays, cancellations Airspace may be shut over severe weather condition The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has cautioned airlines and pilots to take precautionary measures during flight operations in view of the harmattan haze blowing across the country at this time of the season. Air-to-ground visibility reduction due to dust haze or fog could also be experienced according to the aviation regulatory body. Also to be expected is…

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Airlines union oppose harsh treatment of Nigerian carriers by foreign nations

Airlines union oppose harsh treatment of Nigerian carriers by foreign nations

Lauds Sirika, NCAA   The umbrella body for all airlines in Nigeria, the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) said it is opposed to the underhand actions of some countries in making it difficult for Nigerian carriers to get the necessary permits to operate in their countries. The AON stressed that it is not opposed to other foreign airlines operating into Nigeria.   The group commended the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Abubakar Sirika, for the courageous…

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Relief as UK scraps red list

Relief as UK scraps red list

A huge reprieve came the way of African airlines following the removal of many of the countries from the United Kingdom red list. Nigeria, South Africa, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, Malawi,  Zambia, and  Zimbabwe had found themselves on the UK’s infamous red list following the outbreak of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. But the government in a statement today said that all 11 countries will be removed from the UK’s travel red list from 4 am on…

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