N22.6bn entitlements: Nigeria Airways pensioners decry tedious verification procedure

By Aliyu DANLADI Some former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways have expressed dissatisfaction with the ongoing verification exercise ahead of payment of their severance packages. They said on Wednesday in Lagos that the procedure was slow and tedious for most of them who were old and in various health conditions. The exercise, which began on Oct. 15, is being conducted by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) at the premises of Skypower Aviation Catering, a subsidiary of the former national carrier. The pensioners are asked to proceed from…

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Boeing projects double air cargo traffic in 20 years

By Giwa SHILE Boeing, world’s leading aircraft manufacturer, has projected that global air cargo traffic is expected to double over the next 20 years. Boeing disclosed this in its New World Air Cargo Forecast, made available  on Wednesday in Abuja. The forecast projected demand for 2,650 freighters over the next two decades with 4.2 per cent air cargo traffic growth annually. According to the report, the 980 new medium and large freighters and 1,670 converted freighters will go toward replacing older airplanes and growing the global fleet to meet demand.…

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NCAA lifts suspension on Aviation College certificate

By Aliyu DANLADI The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has partially lifted the suspension on International Aviation College, Ilorin, Approved Training Organisation (ATO) certificate. General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye,  made the announcement on Sunday in Lagos. Adurogboye said the lifting of the suspension was conveyed in a letter to the college dated Oct. 8. “The partial lifting of the suspension was as a result of the closure of a good number of the findings and the remarkable commitment demonstrated in closing the remaining findings as verified during…

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No to airport concessioning – Aviation union insists

By Meletus EZE The Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN) has maintained its opposition to the Federal Government’s proposed concessioning of four of the country’s airports. the Chairman, ATSSAN, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Chapter, Mr Samuel Wuyep, , disclosed the union’s position on Friday in Abuja. Wuyep said that all aviation unions in the country were unanimous in their decision to reject the planned concessioning of the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt international airports by the government. ” There is no goingback on concessioning; we are…

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Overland aircraft catches fire in Lagos

By Meletus EZE A turboprop aircraft belonging to Overland Airways was on Friday severely damaged by fire while parked at the airline’s hanger at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. It was gathered that the ATR aircraft , with registration number: 5N-BPE, was being powered by the Ground Power Unit (GPU) when the incident occurred. However, there were no casualties as the fire was quickly contained by fire fighters from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The General Manager, Public Affairs, Nigerian Civil Aviation…

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Asaba Airport fully back, targets international flights soon -Official

By Aliyu DANLADI Mr Austine Ayemidejor, the Project Manager of Asaba Airport, has said that it has fully resumed operations after its downgrade by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA in 2014. Ayemidejor stated this on Thursday in Asaba. He said that efforts were on to ensure that the airport was upgraded from its current category, six, to category eight or nine, to enable it to engage in international flights. “The airport is on category six now, we hope to go to category eight or nine in the next couple…

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MMA2 picketing: Dana Air loses N100m, threatens to downsize

By Thompson ABISOLA Dana Air on Thursday said it had lost over N100 million to the ongoing dispute between aviation unions and Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL). The airliner saids that the dispute had led to the shutting down of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 where it was operating from. Dana Air’s Communication Manager, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, said the airline might also be forced to downsize if the industrial action should continue for too long. The unions had for the second-day running grounded flight operations and business activities at the…

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Airlines make alternative flight arrangements as unions continue picketing of MMA2

By Giwa SHILE Airlines operating at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) Lagos, have been forced to make alternative arrangements to fly their passengers as aviation unions continued their picketing of the terminal on Thursday. The airlines have moved their passenger boarding and processing to the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The unions had since Wednesday embarked on the protest over the alleged sack of 24 employees who indicated interest to unionise by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the MMA2.…

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Passengers stranded at Abuja airport as unions paralyses activities in Lagos

By Aliyu DANLADI Some domestic air passengers were on Wednesday, stranded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja following protest by the Aviation Joint Unions at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Lagos. The MMA2 is being operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL). The unions had embarked on the protest over the alleged sacking of 20 employees by BASL’s who the unions said had indicated interest to unionise. The protesting unions are the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria…

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We intend to re-engage our sacked employees – Airline

By Meletus EZE Med-View Airline Plc says its recent sack of 60 employees was part of its restructuring plan to fully maximise its operation and prepare adequately for the challenges ahead. The Executive Director, Business Development Med-View Airline, Mr Isiaq Na-Allah, whoe disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement in Lagos, added that the staff would be re-engaged as soon as situations improved. Na-Allah said:”Going by the realities of the prevailing economic situation, Med-View Airline is currently restructuring in order to fully maximise its operation and prepare adequately for the challenges ahead.…

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