Keyamo negotiates United Airline’s direct flight from Houston, seeks investors for aviation

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo is on a working visit to Houston, Texas United States of America on his ongoing quest to solicit investors for the aviation industry.

The Minister was a guest at the Fidelity International Trade & Creative Connect that was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las America, Houston, Texas where he met with the Mayor of Houston, Texas, Sylvester Turner, and his team members.

At the meeting that was attended by some eminent members of the Nigerian community, the Minister discussed issues of bilateral relationship regarding the resumption of direct flights from the US to Nigeria.

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“I spoke with the Mayor of Houston Texas, and his team to advance talks regarding the resumption of direct flights from Houston to Nigeria”, the Minister informed.

Other interesting diplomatic consideration the two envoys looked at was the opening of a Nigerian consulate in Houston.

The Mayor, Sylvester Turner visited Nigeria early this year, 2023 to initiate discussions on the possibility of having a mutually beneficial diplomatic relationship with the United Airlines flight resumption and the opening of the Nigerian Consulate in Houston.

The visit also saw the Minister touring the developing Aerospace of the city in Elington, “during my visit to Houston, I also took time to visit the fast developing Aerospace of the city in Elington. I met Mr. Arturo Machuca, Director of Ellington Airport and Houston Spaceport, and his team who did a detailed presentation to us and conducted us around the Aerospace. We were well guided on the development of our own Aerospace”.


United Airlines commenced flights from Washington, United States to Lagos on November 29, 2021. The service marked the airline’s return to Nigeria when it left the country in 2016 over a foreign exchange crisis.

The carrier then operated to Lagos from Houston and became the preferred airline of many Nigerians living in Texas.

Wole Shadare


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