Aero Contractors moves to pay entitlements of disengaged workers

By Giwa SHILE A Nigerian carrier, Aero Contractors, says it has intensified efforts to pay the entitlements and benefits of some of its workers declared redundant in March 2017. The Managing Director of the carrier, Capt. Ado Sanusi, confirmed the development to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday. Sanusi said apart from recalling some of the workers, who were earlier relieved of their appointments, the management would ensure that those affected were paid their severance packages. He said the management planned to disburse about N50 million monthly to the affected staff,…

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NIMASA trains 2,337 seafarers to boost maritime sector – Peterside

By Thompson ABISOLA The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday said it had trained 2,337 Nigerians as seafarers to enhance the performance of the maritime industry. The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, said the aim was to empower them with the sea time experience required by the industry players before engaging them in the shipping sector. Peterside made this known at a news conference in Lagos on the national maritime regulatory agency’s achievement within one year. According to him, the organisation is committed to human capital…

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NPA MD tasks new pilotage board members to serve diligently

By Thompson ABISOLA The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Usman, has urged members of pilotage boards to see their appointment as a call to serve the nation. Usman made the plea at the inauguration of the pilotage boards in Lagos. The Executive Director, Marine and Operations of the Authority Dr Sokonte Davies, represented Usman at the occasion. She also implored the new members to use their high professional skills and knowledge to improve pilotage services in the nation seaports in their areas of jurisdiction. The pilotage boards…

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FAAN condemns invasion of Sokoto airport by crowd of political loyalists

By Aliyu DANLADI The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Sunday condemned invasion of the runway of Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto by crowd of political loyalists on Friday. The FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made the condemnation in a statement in Lagos. Yakubu alleged that the loyalists broke through the airport fence and invaded the airport in a bid to receive their political masters. The general manager described the incident as a gross violation of the security and safety arrangements at the airport. “However,…

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Air Peace begins flights to Kaduna Aug. 13

By Giwa SHILE Nigerian carrier, Air Peace has announced plans to begin daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna from Aug. 13 as part of its no-city-left-behind project. The airline made the announcement in a statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah on Sunday in Lagos. Iwarah said the carrier was pleased to connect and unite the South and North of Nigeria by air. According to him, Air Peace, which recently secured the renewal of its International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate, was broadening its…

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Nigeria Air has immense economic potential for Nigeria — economist

By Meletus EZE The newly unveiled National Carrier, Nigeria Air has the potential to boost the nation’s economy if professionally managed, expert says. Prof. Hassan Oaikhenan of the Economics and Statistics Department, University of Benin, said this in Awka on Friday. Oaikhenan advised the Federal Government to ensure that structures were put in place to guarantee the sustainability of the new National Carrier. It would be recalled that the Federal Government on July 18, at the Farnborough International Air show in London unveiled a new National Carrier known as “Nigeria…

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N90bn cargo airport project reaches 95% completion – Bayelsa

By Olamilekan FAWAS Bayelsa Government has said it is putting finishing touches to its N90 billion Cargo International Airport project which has reached 95 per cent completion. The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said in Yenagoa of Friday that the airport would be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Aug. 27, 2018. Iworiso-Markson said the airport was one of the legacy projects that would change the economic fortunes of the state and bring about prosperity for the people. According to him, the airport, when operational, will create “massive”…

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Air Peace CEO asks government to protect local operators over foreign airlines

By Giwa SHILE The Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, has asked the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for local airlines to succeed and compete favourably with their foreign counterparts operating in the country. Onyema made the call at the Award Night organised by the League of Aviation and Airport Correspondent (LAAC) in Lagos on Thursday. TBI Africa reports that the theme of the event was “Financing Aviation Development through Private Sector Partnership”. Onyema said the local airlines could not compete favourably with the foreign…

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National carrier: Airlines seek level playing field for private operators, Nigeria Air

By Giwa SHILE Some domestic airline operators on Thursday urged the Federal Government to ensure a level playing field for them and the new national carrier. The airlines spoke at the 22nd Annual Seminar and Award of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos. TBI Africa reports that the theme of the event is “Financing Aviation Development Through Private Sector Partnership”. The Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, said the airline was not afraid of the new national carrier, but maintained that all privileges…

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Ethiopian Airlines says in talks for stake in Eritrean Airlines

By Olamilekan FAWAS Ethiopian Airlines is in talks to take a stake in Eritrean Airlines and a study will be conducted to determine the size of the acquisition, the Ethiopian carrier’s chief executive said on Thursday. Tewolde GebreMariam told Reuters during a visit to the Eritrean capital Asmara that he spoke with Eritrean Airlines’ chief executive officer on the issue on Wednesday. “We are assessing the situation of Eritrean Airlines right now,” GebreMariam said. “I spoke with the CEO yesterday (Wednesday). They have one leased airplane – a (Boeing) 737.…

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