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Nigeria: Azman Air has it AOC Suspended, AFRAA’s Member Airline CEOs Leadership Dialogues meets with member airlines in Nigeria

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Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) today suspended the operating license of Azman Air indefinitely after the airline failed the audits of its Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

The airline plans to resume operations when its AOC is restored.

Previously Dana Air and Aero Contractors ceased operations in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, AFRAA continues to forge close engagement through CEOs Leadership Dialogues as it announced today it has met with Nigerian Member airlines.

The Secretary General of the African Airlines Association Abdérahmane Berthé, in a bid to foster closer engagement with member airlines in Nigeria, met the CEO of Air Peace, Barr. Allen Onyema, the CEO of Allied Air – Capt. Valentine Tongo and the CEO of Overland Airways – Capt. Edward Boyo for at the respective airlines’ head offices.

The CEO Dialogues initiative was launched in 2022 as part of AFRAA’s strategy to engage with member leadership to create dialogue that is necessary to enhance the value addition of the Association to better meet its members’ needs.

AFRAA Secretary General further had a meeting with the Vice President of Airline Operator of Nigeria (AON) – Barr. Allen Onyema to discuss their Associations’ mutual areas of interest and support to airlines in Nigeria. The issues covered in the deliberations included: priorities for the recovery of the airline industry, sustainability of airlines, challenges being faced by Nigerian operators, and the establishment of a coordination mechanism between AFRAA and AON to enhance advocacy efforts, as announced in the press release.

After the CEO’s Dialogue sessions, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé, stated, “It’s a great pleasure for AFRAA to meet today with our three Nigerian members that joined the Association between 2018-2019. Nigeria is a key market for African air transport which is ranked at 8th position out of 54 in terms of the number of intra-African passengers that are estimated at 1.1 million according to IATA statistics. The market has a huge potential for growth and economic contribution. Today’s deliberations have been fruitful and critical to align our actions for our member airlines in Nigeria and give support within our mandate to drive the development of the air transport sector.

“With this initiative, AFRAA aims to facilitate a better understanding of individual airline needs, local matters and challenges, priorities and business plans thereby enabling us to tailor specific actions that enhance the relevance of the Association to our membership.” Mr. Berthé added.

The CEO’s Dialogues are continuous, round-the-year sessions that engage the Member airlines’ decision makers with AFRAA leadership towards effective implementation of added-value projects and actions supporting members’ sustainability. AFRAA’s actions are anchored on 5 pillars including:

  1. Safe, secure, and reliable air transport
  2. Visibility, reputation, and influence of African Airlines
  3. Sustainable air transport
  4. Cooperation
  5. Data Intelligence

 

Featured image: Azman Air

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