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The hope for a new national carrier, Nigeria Air, brightens on Wednesday as the Federal Government approved the leasing of three aircraft. The three aircraft are made by Airbus and Boeing.
The central government stated that the national carrier would begin operations with domestic routes.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The FEC meeting was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sirika announced that the airline would begin with domestic routes, then expands to regional and intercontinental routes. He was not specific with the actual date for the take-off of the airline operations.
“We will announce commencement soon,” the minister said.
Nigeria Air was unveiled in July 2018 during the Farnborough Air Show in England. Thereafter, the project was suspended.