Air Peace begins flights to Ilorin, Ibadan, others in February

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Air Peace begins flights to Ilorin, Ibadan, others in February   One of Nigeria’s leading airlines, Air Peace, has said it would open more domestic routes and resume suspended ones as part of its route expansion drive. The new routes to be launched in February 2021 are: Enugu-Kano-Enugu, Enugu-Asaba-Enugu, PHC-Kano-PHC, PHC-Kaduna-PHC, Ilorin-Lagos-Ilorin, Ilorin-Abuja-Ilorin and Ibadan-Abuja-Ibadan. The suspended routes to be resumed are Kano-Owerri-Kano, Kano-Asaba-Kano, Lagos-Yola-Lagos and Abuja-Yola-Abuja. Oluwatoyin Olajide, the airline’s chief operating officer, who revealed this, stated that the airline will be receiving all its aircraft on overseas maintenance…

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You can’t fly Lufthansa flights with fabric face masks on again!

Lufthansa Flights

You can’t board Lufthansa flights with fabric face masks on again!   Lufthansa has specified the type of face masks that passengers on its flights are allowed to wear while flying with the airline from February 1. In a press statement titled ‘Adjustment of the facemask obligation as of February 1’, the company asked customers to use only FFP2, KN95 and N95 standard face masks or surgical masks. In the travel advisory issued on Monday on its website, it said masks made with fabric would no longer be permitted. Part…

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AMCON set to launch national carrier with Arik, Aero planes

AMCON set to launch national carrier with Arik

AMCON set to launch national carrier with Arik, Aero planes   The planned takeoff of the national carrier, Nigeria Eagle, has reached an advanced stage as the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) is reported to be pooling together its aviation assets, largely from the seized aircraft from Arik Air and Aerocontactors Airlines. According to an anonymous source who is familiar with the development, the national carrier is likely to commence operations in June this year and will have in its fleet a minimum of 10 aircraft. AMCON is expected…

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Aviation professionals petition minister over N120bn pension fund

Aviation professionals petition minister over N120bn pension fund   The Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) has expressed concern over the inability of workers at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to access their over N120 billion pension funds as a result of poor documentation. The situation has been heightened by the devastating effects of COVID-19 that has wreaked havoc leading to dwindling revenue in the aviation agency. The association said that workers would not fold their arms and watch their revenue nose diving after the havoc wrecked by…

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Murtala Mohammad Airport records 551,380 passengers in five months

Murtala Mohammad Airport

Murtala Mohammad Airport records 551,380 passengers in five months   The Murtala Mohammad Airport, Ikeja, domestic terminal, recorded a total of 551,380 passenger movements (landing and take-off) between July and December 2020. Speaking in an interview with journalists, the Terminal Manager of the airport, Mr Adekunle Aderibigbe, said passenger numbers were impressive despite the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the statistics released, inbound passengers recorded 270,828 while departures stood at 280,552 passengers. He said that 3,068 aircraft landed at the airport between July and December 2020 while 3,193…

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Global air freight market remains depressed, says AITA

Global air freight market

Global air freight market remains depressed, says AITA Expects full recovery by March 2021   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets for the last two months, showing that freight volumes improved compared to three months but remain depressed compared to 2019. According to the global airlines’ regulator, capacity remained  constrained from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked on account of the Covid -19 pandemic . Global demand, according to IATA, which is measured in cargo tonne-kilometers…

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How aviation firms shared N5bn bailout fund, says document

N5bn bailout fund

How aviation firms shared N5bn bailout fund, says document   Exactly N4,995,999,999.90 was disbursed to the aviation industry following the N5bn COVID-19 palliative the Federal Government pledged to support the sector. According to a document obtained by our correspondent, ground handling companies, scheduled and non-scheduled airline operators; the National Association of Travel Agencies, aviation fuel marketers as well as airport car hire services partook from the fund. Scheduled operators received N3 billion with five per cent deduction for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency…

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South African govt urged to divert $680m aviation fund for vaccine

South African govt urged to divert $680m aviation fund

South African gov’t urged to divert $680m aviation fund for vaccine   South Africa’s political opposition is urging the country’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, to abandon the R10 billion ($680 million) funding plan to restructure South African Airways and plough the capital into a vaccination programme. The Democratic Alliance has written to Mboweni claiming that the government should “divert” the SAA allocation to procuring vaccines against the coronavirus outbreak. According to the Democratic Alliance the R10 billion funding package could acquire some 23 million doses of the vaccine, enough for…

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COVID-19 Guideline Violation: NCAA to fine airlines $3,500/passenger

Covid-19 Guideline violation

COVID-19 Guideline Violation:  NCAA to fine airlines $3,500/passenger   The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has vowed to fine airlines $3,500 for each passenger that refuses to adhere to the new travel protocols announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. In a letter addressed to all airlines and signed by the NCAA Director-General, Capt Musa Nuhu on December 26th, NCAA directed passengers flying from the United Kingdom and South Africa to present a pre-departure permit to fly/ QR Code and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 96…

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Aviation sector contributes $1.7bn to economy – Olateru

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Seeks tourism, air transport synergy The Nigerian aviation sector contributed at least $1.7 billion and created 341,000 direct jobs to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) before the advent of Covid-19 pandemic, which crippled the world’s economy, Akin Olateru, Commissioner, Accident Investigation Buerau (AIB) has said. The AIB helmsman also called for effective collaboration between air transport and tourism industry, saying the two sectors needed each other to thrive and developed the nation’s economy. Presenting a paper: ‘Best Practices in Civil Aircraft Accident Prevention and Investigation for Sustainable Development of…

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