LAGOS TO GET NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEXT YEAR

Friday Olokor, Abuja The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja pledged to ensure the delivery of a new international airport in Lagos before Easter celebration next year. The government also promised to deliver a new airport in Kano in December this year as had earlier been done in Abuja and Port Harcourt. The Minister of Aviation,  Hadi Sirika, stated this in an interview with journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the State House. He said President Muhammadu…

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AVIATION MINISTER FINALLY REVEALS WHEN ENUGU AIRPORT WILL BE READY

Lagos, Kano terminal building ready December Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said on Tuesday that he will be relocating his office to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu temporary to directly supervise the rehabilitation of the airport which he said will be completed before the end of April 2020. The Minister also announced that the new terminal building for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano will be ready before the end of the year. Sirika who spoke while defending…

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BARELY 24 HOURS AFTER AIR PEACE PLANE CRASHLANDED, MEDVIEW PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN LAGOS

Barely 24 hours after an Air Peace aircraft made an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, another aircraft belonging to Med-View Airlines recorded a similar problem on Tuesday. The incident is the latest in a series of air-related emergencies and security breaches that have characterized the airport in the past three weeks. It happened after the altitude warning went off mid-air forcing the deployment of oxygen masks and the initiation of an emergency landing. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-500 with registration number 5N-BQM, carried out the…

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AIRCRAFT DESIGNED BY SOUTH AFRICAN TEENAGERS LAND IN EGYPT

Posted By: Ikokwu Ikembaon: The four-seater Sling 4 plane was assembled by a group of 20 students from vastly different backgrounds. The crew landed in Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Uganda during the 12,000km (7,455 mile) trip. Pilot Megan Werner, 17, founder of U-Dream Global project, said she was thrilled by the accomplishment. “I’m so honoured to have made a difference around the continent at the places we’ve stopped. “The purpose of the initiative is to show Africa that anything is possible if you set your mind to it,” she…

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ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES: WHY WE SEIZED 3,000 DOLLARS FROM PASSENGERS

Ethiopian Airlines yesterday clarified the seizure of foreign currencies by the Ethiopian Customs and Revenue Authority personnel at Addis Ababa International Airport. The airline, in a statement ,said areport that it was seizing foreign currencies in excess of $3000 from all passengers was incorrect. The General Manager of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria, Firihiewot Mekonnen, said any passenger transiting Addis Ababa without leaving the airport is free to board his/her next flight carrying whatever amount of foreign currencies from the previous flight. The statement said: “However, if passengers enter Ethiopia carrying…

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FOREIGN AIRLINES SHUN NIGERIAN AIRSPACE OVER INSECURITY

Plane on the runway for takeoff • Operators blame poor communication, unqualified traffic controllers • We are restructuring airspace to end challenges, says NAMA • House of Reps tasks aviation agencies on standards Safe travel in Nigeria’s airspace is in jeopardy despite efforts by government at improving navigation infrastructure. Pilots are increasingly getting worried about poor communication between cockpits and control towers, a persistent problem that has now worsened. Experts also expressed fear over the increased possibility of near misses and collision between two or more operating aircraft. The Guardian…

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PARTS OF NIGERIAN AIRSPACE ARE UNSAFE, AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT AGENCY REVEALS WHY

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has attributed the creation of new routes to the reason some aspect of the country’s airspace remained unsafe for flying. The agency, however, said concerted efforts were being made to improve the situation. A statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, NAMA, Mr. Khalid Emele, stated that the Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, stated this today in Lagos when he received the management of Ibom Air, led by erstwhile Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. George Uriesi.…

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BENIN-ORE ROAD HELICOPTER WAS RESCUING A SICK PERSON, NCAA REVEALS

The man who was picked up by a helicopter in the middle of a huge traffic jam in Nigeria had suffered a stroke, the helicopter company has told the BBC. The video from Sunday spread widely on social media, with many speculating it showed a billionaire who had called the helicopter to escape the four-hour long traffic jam. The video provoked condemnation about the behaviour of Nigeria’s super rich. But the helicopter operator says it is normal to respond to emergency calls. The video was reposted by many on Instagram:…

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I DIDN’T ESCAPE ANY PLANE CRASH- OBASANJO

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared he was not on board the Boeing 777-300 aircraft Ethiopian flight that encountered bad weather during landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Wednesday. Obasanjo was widely reported to have been among the 393 passengers on the flight from Adiss-Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. But the former President said he didn’t travel, let alone board the flight. Obasanjo made the clarification through his spokesperson, Kehinde Akinyemi. Akinyemi said Obasanjo had been in his home in Abeokuta, Ogun State and the former president never traveled.…

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SIRIKA COUNTERS AMAECHI, YOU LIED, MINISTERS WERE NOT DIVIDED OVER AIR NIGERIA

Sen. Hadi Sirika The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said it was untrue that Federal Executive Council (FEC) was divided over mode of implementation of the National Carrier project. He spoke at the backdrop of comments purportedly made by the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on the issue. In a statement by Mr James Odaudu, Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation, on Friday, Sirika said that Amaechi may have been misquoted by a section of the media. He said that FEC had always…

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