IATA: Africa records improved safety record, 2023 best-ever for global aviation

IATA: Africa records improved safety record, 2023 best-ever for global aviation

African aviation received a major boost as the continent’s air safety recorded a significant improvement. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its 2023 Annual Safety Report for Global Aviation stated that the accident rate improved from 10.88 per million sectors in 2022 to 6.38 in 2023. The continent according to IATA posted a better safety record than the 5-year average of 7.11 with no fatalities, highlighting that Africa has had no passenger jet hull losses or fatal accidents since 2020. The…

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Setting Sail to Success: Royal Caribbean Nigeria Rewards Travel Agents

Setting Sail to Success: Royal Caribbean Nigeria Rewards Travel Agents

Royal Caribbean Nigeria is not just setting sail; it is setting a new standard in the travel industry, overcoming challenges, and exceeding expectations. Reflecting on its journey, the company celebrated the pioneers of cruise holidays at a vibrant ceremony in Lagos. Honouring travel agents and promoters of cruise holidays, the event at the Lagos Intercontinental Hotel recognized those who have consistently championed Royal Caribbean cruises in Nigeria. Notable awardees include Travelers Haven, Aviator Travels, Travelkulture…

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NIGAV: MMA2 shines, bags prestigious awards

NIGAV: MMA2 shines, bags prestigious awards

In continuation of his excellence in the provision of world-class infrastructure and service delivery, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) at the weekend bagged two outstanding awards at NIGAV’s 13th Nigerian Aviation Award and Ministerial Dinner. The awards are a confirmation of MMA2 as the best privately owned airport terminal in Nigeria and perhaps the best airport terminal in the country. MMA2 was honoured with two prestigious awards,…

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NAMA fosters cooperation with Nigerian Air Force to enhance airspace safety

NAMA fosters cooperation with Nigerian Air Force to enhance airspace safety

In a bid to bolster security across the country and airspace safety, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is solidifying its cooperation with the Nigerian Air Force. The Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Ahmed Umar Farouk on Thursday engaged with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar on the need for deepening collaboration during a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Air Force chief at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters in Abuja. Farouk affirmed…

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Low patronage forces fare adjustment amid airlines’ rising operational costs

Low patronage forces fare adjustment amid airlines’ rising operational costs

  Passenger traffic shrinks, carriers lament   A sharp reduction in the number of people that travel within the country and the harsh economic reality may have unwillingly forced airlines to adjust fares downward despite the myriad of challenges the carriers are faced with. Fares which jumped astronomically in July 2023 from N50,000 to between N80,000 and N100,000 for a way trip to Lagos from Abuja or to Lagos to Port-Harcourt have reverted to N65,000…

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NiMet workers to down tools over 45 months wage arreas, unions issue 14-day ultimatum

NiMet workers to down tools over 45 months wage arreas, unions issue 14-day ultimatum

Seek probe of staff employed in 2018   The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), and the Association Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) have given the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) a 14-day ultimatum to pay outstanding 45-month arrears of minimum wage consequential adjustment which they said has remained unpaid since 2022. The unions in a letter…

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FAAN MD: Multiple screening layers cause chaotic travel experiences at airports

FAAN MD: Multiple screening layers cause chaotic travel experiences at airports

Says Lagos airport runway ready soon     The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku has expressed concern over multiple travel experiences at many of the country’s airports, particularly the international aerodromes. The FAAN boss advised that security agencies should be consolidated to ensure that passengers undergo one seamless screening process. The fact that presently passengers have to undergo multiple screening layers, she added, leaves them with bad…

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NANTA, IATA in talks to stave off showdown over lower fare inventories

NANTA, IATA in talks to stave off showdown over lower fare inventories

There are indications that foreign airlines operating to Nigeria are considering releasing cheaper ticket inventories following the release of the airlines’ trapped funds by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). A top official of the National Association Nigerian Travel Agency (NANTA) who disclosed this to Aviation Metric said the group has held a strategic meeting with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with a view to the airlines opening their lower ticket inventory for passengers from Nigeria….

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Airbus, Zenith’ s Ibom Air’s A220 financing pivotal moment for Africa’s aviation

Airbus, Zenith’ s Ibom Air’s A220 financing pivotal moment for Africa’s aviation

    Nigeria’s promising carrier, Ibom Air received a major boost for aircraft financing as Zenith Bank and aircraft giant, Airbus have successfully closed financing for Ibom Air’s first A220, signaling a pivotal moment for African aviation. With Zenith Bank’s commitment to supporting regional carriers and Airbus’s endorsement, this collaboration addresses funding challenges and fosters a sustainable aviation ecosystem in Nigeria and beyond, highlighting the continent’s promising aviation sector potential. The agreement between Ibom Air…

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$700million airlines’ funds with commercial banks, FG clears backlogs

$700million airlines’ funds with commercial banks, FG clears backlogs

 IATA welcomes govt’s action   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said it welcomed the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) announcement of the release of an additional $64.44 million in blocked airline funds. IATA in a statement made available to Aviation Metric said it was consulting with its airline members to verify the release of their revenues. It noted that while it was encouraging, it stated that it is crucial to recognize that approximately $700 million remains…

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