MMA2 continues operations as FAAN shelves threat to withdraw services

By Giwa SHILE The Management of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Lagos on Monday continued flight operations following the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) agreement to shelve plans of withdrawing its services to the terminal over alleged indebtedness. FAAN had in a Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) stated that it would be withdrawing Aviation Security, fire fighting and rescue operations to MMA2 effective from midnight Dec. 9. However, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed to NAN that negotiations had resumed between the agency and Bi-Courtney…

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Air traffic controllers urge FG to fix Lagos Airport runway

By Kunle SHONUGA The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has appealed to the Federal Government to fix the runway lightings the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. NATCA also urged government to urgently rehabilitate the abandoned Taxiway B of the airport in order to increase its capacity and also to reduce the workload on the pilots and controllers. NATCA made the pleas in a seven-point communique issued after its 47th Annual General Meeting which took place on Saturday in Lagos. The communique was signed by NATCA President, Mr Victor Eyaru and…

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African airlines call for lifting of aviation taxes

By Elizabeth ADENUGA The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has called for reduced charges and taxes on fuel, airport development levies and airport user fees in conformity with air transport rules passed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Nairobi-based airlines association said in a statement issued on Saturday its general assembly approved a resolution calling upon the governments of Africa to reduce the taxes and airport user fees to conform to the nature of services offered at airports. The resolution urged ministers responsible for civil aviation to immediately brief…

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Why there’s improved air safety in Nigeria — AIB boss

By Meletus EZE The Commissioner for the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Mr Akin Olateru, says the aviation sector has recorded no major air crash for over three years because of the synergy and effective collaboration among the agencies. Olateru made the assertion at the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in Lagos on Saturday. Other agencies in the sector are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. Olateru emphasised that…

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AIB releases first international aircraft investigation report in Sao Tome

By Giwa SHILE The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released its first international aircraft investigation report on an accident involving a Cavok Airlines aircraft at the Sao Tome International Airport, Sao Tome on July 29, 2017. AIB Spokesman, Tunji Oketunbi, said that the final report of the incident was submitted to the Sao Tome’s aviation authorities by the bureau’s Commissioner, Mr Akin Olateru, on Wednesday. “This was very significant as for the first time in the history of AIB accident investigation was handled by the bureau on behalf of another…

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Aviation contributes $2.7trn to global GDP – ICAO

By Giwa SHILE The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), says aviation industry’s contribution to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), currently stands at 2.7 trillion dollars. President of ICAO, Dr Bernard Aliyu and the Secretary General, Dr Fang Liu on Friday, in a joint statement to commemorate the 2018 International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD), said  no fewer than 4.1 billion passengers and 56 million tonnes of freight were carried on 37 million commercial flights in 2017. Dec. 7 every year is recognised globally as ICAD and the theme for this…

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Aviation, pivotal to attaining SDGs, says ICAO

By Giwa SHILE The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) says aviation is key to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and presents a new and tremendous opportunity for global development in the coming decades. Its Council President, Dr Benard Aliu and Secretary General, Dr Fang Liu, said on Thursday in Lagos in commemoration of the 2018 International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD). Dec. 7 each year is recognised globally as ICAD to celebrate the contributions of civil aviation to world peace and prosperity. Theme for the 2018 ICAD is:…

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Dana Air concludes NCAA recertification exercise, promises better service delivery

By Meletus EZE Dana Air has concluded its recertification exercise conducted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which began few weeks ago, with a promise of better service delivery. The airline told its customers of a plan for additional flights to ease the pain of high cost of tickets as a result of flight shortage across the country. Media and Communications Manager, Dana Air, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, gave said this on Saturday in Lagos. Ezenwa said “We have finally concluded our recertification exercise with the NCAA. Recertification in Nigeria’s…

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Ethiopian Airlines wins best African airline 7 consecutive times

By Aliyu DANLADI Ethiopian Airlines has emerged Africa’s Best Airlines in 2018, making it the 7th for the airline in a row. A statement by the airline’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, on Tuesday, said the award was given to the airline by African Airlines Association (AFRAA). GebreMariam said the award was in recognition of the airline’s exceptional financial performance at the 50th AFRAA Annual General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco. He said that the airline was thrilled at the prestigious award, adding that in the last seven years, the…

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Aviation authourity warns pilots, airlines on weather

By Giwa SHILE The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned pilots and airline operators to observe safety precaution in line with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) during flight operations in adverse weather conditions. The warning is contained in an Advisory Circular with reference no. AC: NCAA-AEROMET- 26 to all Pilots and Airline Operators signed by the Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman. A copy of the circular was obtained in Lagos on Sunday. Usman said the circular became imperative as the end of rainfall would likely herald a long…

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