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FG says National Carrier to be Private Sector Driven

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The Federal Government has said that the proposed national carrier will be driven by private sector.

Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, who disclosed that such arrangement, would avoid the mistakes that led to the failure of the defunct Nigerian Airways.

Sirika stated this on the sideline of the ongoing International Civil Aviation Organisation World Aviation Forum on Wednesday in Abuja.

The theme of the forum is “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.”

He said that stakeholders had agreed on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the new national carrier.

The minister explained that the Federal Government was following Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) guidelines to ensure that due processes in the arrangement.

According to him, government has appointed the Transaction Advisers to work out modalities for the carrier.

He said that government intended to go into alliances or joint ventures with other aircraft manufacturers to increase the reach and number of routes of the national carrier.

Sirika added that the planned improvement of airport and air navigation infrastructure would support the expected growth from activities of the new carrier.

“The question of national carrier, we all have agreement that this national carrier can only survive and succeed if it is private sector led and driven.

“Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Nigeria are guided by act of parliament which is the ICRC Act 2007 that spelt out how to go about doing all these things.

“We will be following them diligently. But unfortunately, it is cumbersome but we are following it so that we don’t run afoul of the law.

“African Development Bank and other companies are discussing with us on this matter.

“We are yet to meet with other stakeholders but we expect to meet them during this conference and after then, we will go and do our road shows.

“The key thing here is having something that will stand the test of time so that we don’t start and falter.

“It has happened to Nigeria before. The Air Nigeria was founded and at some point, it died because of something that was faulty.

‘’We have learnt our lessons and we are not going to repeat it again,” he said.

Sirika admitted that one of the major challenges of air transportation in Africa was high taxes.

He said that the issue of high taxes would be discussed as a critical factor to encourage investors.

”The lower the tax, the more flights in and the more flights in, the more passengers, more jobs, more revenue and that is within our master plan.’’

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FAAN Begins Palliative Repairs on Enugu Runway

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has notified air travelers and the general public that with effect from Thursday 14th December, 2017, palliative repair work will be embarked on the Runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

 

 

The first phase of the repair work will commence on the 14th to 21st December 2017, while the second phase will be from the 27th December 2017, to 4th January, 2018.

 

 

There will be skeletal operations at the airport while the work is ongoing as the Runway will open for operations from 0700 hours local time till 1500 hours local time on the proposed dates.

 

 

This is to enable the contractor have ample day-light working hours in order to obtain stable and even Runway surface, while also completing the work within the stipulated timeframe.

 

 

In line with Standards And Recommended Practices, the Authority has requested the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to issue a Notice To Air Men (NOTAM) in this regard.

 

“We apologize for any inconvenience this action might cause our high esteemed customers.”

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FAAN Launches Reviewed Service Charter, Receives Commendations

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FAAN Launches Reviewed Service Charter, Receives Commendations

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has reviewed and launched its service charter.

At an event held in Lagos, Wednesday, to formally launch the charter, the Managing Director of the Authority, who was represented by the Authority’s Director of Engineering Services, Engineer Nurudeen Daura stated that FAAN is a customer-centric  organization and is totally committed to delivering quality services to her esteemed customers.

He described the service charter as a service level agreement that ensures that standards are upheld and sustained, whilst providing an opportunity to our customers to report any service failure within the value chain.

Appreciating the Servicom office both at the Presidential and organizational level for a job well done, he charged all stakeholders to make conscious effort at studying, imbibing and implementing the areas pertaining to their respective responsibilities.

The event climaxed with the presentation/launching of the charter by the Head of the Presidential Servicom Office, Mrs. Nnenna Akaji Emele, who paid glowing tributes to the dedication and commitment of the FAAN Servicom team towards ensuring a successful completion of the task.

She enjoined other agencies to emulate FAAN and deliver their Charters too, as required by the provisions of the law setting up Servicom.

In attendance at the event were the Authority’s Directors of Commercial & Business Development, Sadiku Rafindadi, Airport Operations, Rabiu Yadudu, Human Resources & Administration, Honorious Anozie, Finance & Accounts, Nike Aboderin, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Clifford Omozhegian, General Managers from the Authority and Airport Manager, MMA.

Also in attendance were Servicom Nodal Officers from NAMA, NCAA, AIB, NIMET, NIWA, NRC, NPA, Heads of Government Agencies, Representatives of Airlines and the banking community.

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Arik Air resumes Abuja-Calabar, Abuja-Uyo routes

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Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest carrier is increasing its capacity ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations to enable customers celebrate the festive season with family and friends.

 

The capacity increase which will boost Arik Air’s key domestic routes, especially in the South East and South South zones, takes effect from December 15, 2017 and runs through January 14, 2018.

 

Speaking on the new schedule, Captain Roy Ilegbodu, Chief Executive Officer Arik Air, said “We are aware that many Nigerians are looking forward to the opportunity of celebrating the festive season with their loved ones across the country.

 

“As a caring airline, we have put measures in place to fly customers to their respective destinations during this festive season”.

 

The main highlights of the new schedule are the resumption of Abuja-Calabar and Abuja-Uyo routes which were suspended earlier in the year.

 

Arik Air will be flying daily from Abuja to Uyo and five times a week from Abuja-Calabar.

 

Similarly, the airline has increased the frequency between Lagos-Calabar, Lagos-Uyo, Lagos-Enugu, Lagos-Owerri, Abuja-Enugu to daily while Lagos-Asaba will operate five times weekly during the period.

 

Customers using Arik Air on the Lagos-Port Harcourt route now have an early morning (7:00 am) departure out of Port Harcourt and late evening (5:00 pm) flight out of Lagos.

Arik Air is West and Central Africa’s largest carrier.

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