Re: Foreign travel syndicates rip-off Nigeria with SOTO tickets sales

Re: Foreign travel syndicates rip-off Nigeria with SOTO tickets sales

Your Aviation Metric news release of Wednesday, June 1, 2022, refers. “Foreign travel syndicates rip-off Nigeria with SOTO ticket sales. The big travel agents like Satguru, Waheguru, Blueberry, and others, particularly based in India and Southeast Asia take advantage of the relative ease in ticket issuance through APG IET and other Global Distribution Systems (GDS) like Amadeus, Galileo, and Sabre among others issue what is generally known as Sold Outside Tickered Outside (SOTO)will incur additional…

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NCAA Under Capt. Musa Nuhu by Sam Adurogboye

NCAA Under Capt. Musa Nuhu by Sam Adurogboye

The strong but reassuring leadership of Capt. Musa Nuhu keeps Nigeria’s civil aviation on course with the just concluded 7th African Indian Ocean (AFI) Regional Meeting in Abuja. By Sam Adurogboye   “In a gentle way, you can shake the world” –  Mahatma Gandhi. Permit me to start this conversation with a reference to the statement credited to Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most iconic leaders who ever lived. While this is in no way…

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How Nigeria-UAE feud morphed into supremacy battle, as Emirates restarts full-services to Nigeria Feb. 5

How Nigeria-UAE feud morphed into supremacy battle, as Emirates restarts full-services to Nigeria Feb. 5

Passengers to remain in self-isolation until test proves negative Gives condition to transit passengers   For one year, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) engaged in a battle for supremacy. Their ‘bitter fight’ over flight rights and COVID-19 testing morphed into a battle for supremacy in the aviation industry. While the UAE insisted on Rapid Antigen tests for its passengers, the Nigerian authorities insisted on PCR testing that it believed showed more accuracy in testing for…

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Opinion: Nigeria bears fang, wakes up from slumber

Opinion: Nigeria bears fang, wakes up from slumber

Nigeria seems to be gradually waking up from its slumber. The country had for too long gone asleep when it comes to aero politics and had failed abysmally to up the ante when it comes to looking bigger nations in the eyes in the area of Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) Nigeria has with other nations. Bilateral agreements are air service agreements between two countries that provide different degrees of freedom of the air, which are…

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Op-Ed: Nigeria needs huge investment in tourism to benefit from SAATM 

Op-Ed: Nigeria needs huge investment in tourism to benefit from SAATM 

Africa has the smallest number of air passengers, accounting for roughly two percent of global passenger and freight traffic. That small number is predominantly driven by international tourism – which is the number one determinant of who leads the air travel business to/from in the continent. However, with Africa’s rapid population growth and improving incomes, the continent is projected to lead the near doubling of global air travelers to 7.2 billion by 2035, according to…

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TRIBUTE FROM W.T. FAMILY TO CAPT. THAHAL

TRIBUTE FROM W.T. FAMILY TO CAPT. THAHAL

To our Father, Senior Brother and Friend The news of your demise came to us like a Bolt! You rose up from the ranks of your colleagues to become the Managing Director of Nigeria Airways in the mid 70’s. This, with your appointment as the Managing Director, you worked very hard and transformed the Airline which became comparable to other Airlines like Ethiopian Airline in Africa. You are a man of integrity and also well…

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Editorial: Of Pilots’ Agitations, Intervention And Reality

Editorial: Of Pilots’ Agitations, Intervention And Reality

Last week’s intervention by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in the conflict between the management of Air Peace and some of its pilot brought some respite into the local aviation industry as the sack earlier extended to the pilots and subsequent threat by the workers’ union to embark on strike would have led to another major crisis in the industry. Beyond the threat by the leadership of the National Association of Airline Pilots and…

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Is Evacuation Replacing Commercial Flights?

Is Evacuation Replacing Commercial Flights?

By Dr. Gabriel Olowo   I am perturbed with the endless Flight Evacuations before & during Covid19 plague these past 6 months. I am particularly worried why Evacuation flights is seemingly replacing Commercial flights after the new travel protocols have been established, all stake holders have complied with international set rules and people love to travel for various reasons. Tickets are presently sold higher and above regular commercial rates.     To those of us…

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“FG’s flight restrictions: A ruse?

“FG’s flight restrictions: A ruse?

  The plan by the Federal Government to contain the spread of Coronavirus and social distancing through flight restrictions may not yield the desire result as charter flight services are going on as usual. Aside the usual charter flight services, commercial airline operations are still on-going under the guise of ‘emergency’ flight services. Not a few believe that the total lockdown of some states in Nigeria especially in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State is a…

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Enugu airport: Rectifying rot six years after

Enugu airport: Rectifying rot six years after

The Enugu airport is in total mess. There is nothing ‘International’ about it. Renovations by past Ministers of Aviation were a huge scam on the people. WOLE SHADARE writes that the aerodrome needs lasting solution Decrepit facilities It is common knowledge that the deplorable state of public facilities in Nigeria poses great concern to stakeholders. Facilities at Nigeria’s airports, hospitals, schools and roads among others, would give indication that the society lacks an agent that would have…

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