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In a statement read by Customs at a recent Press briefing on the result of the verification of private aircraft, the taxman agency warned it will not hesitate to activate enforcement procedures on identified defaulters stressing that it has put the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria on notice to ensure only Privately-Owned Aircraft duly verified and cleared are authorized to operate within Nigeria. This comes after the agency (Nigeria customs service) cleared fifty-seven (57) commercial charter operators in Nigeria and issued a fourteen (14) day notice to twenty-nine (29) private aircraft operators who are liable for custom duty payments, to collect and make payments or cease flying in Nigerian airspace, according to Nigeria Flightdeck. This clearance and directive came on the heels of a verification exercise which took place between the 7th of June and August 6th 2021 for 86 private aircraft at the Tariff and Trade Department of the Service.…

The national association of aircraft pilots and engineers (NAAPE) in Nigeria has expressed concerns to the country’s House of Representatives saying that it could undermine the autonomy of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and lead to loss of Nigeria’s ICAO category one status due to political interference. The warning comes after the House of Representatives’ Committee on Aviation asked NCAA to put on hold the issuance of an Air Operators’ Certificate, (AOC) to the Nigeria Eagle Airline. NG Eagle is an initiative of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) which took over troubled Arik Air and is now building a new airline out of its ashes. However, Arik Air is still heavily indebted to various aviation agencies and the move by AMCON is widely viewed as a tactic to manoeuvre around the debt responsibilities According to the president of NAAPE, Abednego Galadima, Nigeria’s forthcoming ICAO audit could be…

Ethiopian Airlines has said it plans to resume services to Enugu in the south-eastern state of Nigeria from October 1, two years after the airline halted the servicing of this route due to renovations of the airport done by the federal government to improve the runway. The airline will fly 3X weekly, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays served with the B787 Dreamliner, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. “Oct. 1 is Nigeria’s Independence Day and the flight to Enugu on that day will reinforce Ethiopian Airline’s good relations with Nigeria since the first flight to Nigeria in 1960,” disclosed Shimeles Arage the airline’s general manager “Before the closure of the airport for runway repairs, Ethiopian was the only international airline flying to Enugu,” he noted. Ethiopian Airlines also announced it will resume its services to Buenos Aires in Argentina. By Victor Salton Odhiambo

American carrier, United Airlines plans to establish new services from Washington Dulles Airport to Lagos, Nigeria beginning 29th November subject to government approval. The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria’s largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers. Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. “This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of international network and alliances. “On behalf of all of United we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service,” he added. “We are honoured to work with our partners at United Airlines…

Emirates’ scheduled flights from Nigeria (Lagos State and Abuja Airports) to Dubai which were supposed to resume this Sunday(September 5)have been suspended again until at least September 19. This was communicated by an Emirates customer service representative in response to a query on Twitter which reads, “Pls can you confirm to me that emirate airline will commence flight out of Lagos by this Sunday 5th Sept 2021? I will like to travel via Dubai to my destination.” Dubai-based flagship carrier customer representative said,”Hello Phola, our flights from Lagos are further suspended until 19th September. We’re in the process of updating our website with this information. Thanks.” Earlier in August, the airline had issued a statement saying that Nigeria passenger flights would be suspended until September 5, 2021. Emirates Support said cancellation of flights to Nigeria was linked to lack of testing facility available at the airport in Lagos. The same…

Dubai-based flagship carrier, Emirates has on Sunday announced the extension of suspension of Nigeria flights from Lagos State and Abuja airports to Dubai until September 5. Earlier, the airline had announced in a travel advisory on its website that it would suspend flights from Nigeria to Dubai till August 28 highlighting that the extension was in line with government directives that restrict the entry of travellers originating from Nigeria into the UAE. Explaining that affected flight bookings have been cancelled, Emirates said passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be allowed to any Emirates flights bound for Dubai. “Passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any of its flights bound for Dubai.” “If your flight has been cancelled or impacted by route suspensions due to Covid19 restrictions, you don’t…

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will begin the acquisition of 24 Italian made M-346 fighter attack aircraft, adding the new fighter jets into its inventory as it looks to offset its older Alpha Jet Fleet. This was announced after NAF received a Federal Government approval for this purchase. Out of the 24 ordered units of the M-346, NAF will take delivery of 12 units this year, with NAF hoping for the remaining 12 units to arrive from next year. “We have already signed agreement for the supply of 12 and be rest assured that we are going to get 12 this year and the remaining ones will be supplied by next year,” said Director of Air Force Affairs, Ashibel Utsu. According to multiple sources, pilots and engineers are to be sent for training at the International Flight Training School of Galatina, Lecce and Decimomannu Air base, Sardinia in Italy. The…

Emirates airline, a flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced that flights to and from Nigeria will resume on August 29. The carrier communicated this in a tweet responding to a customer who presented a query on the Twitter platform. “the first flight available from Nigeria is on the 29th of August. Please continue to monitor our website https://emirates.com/ae/english/help/travel-updates for travel updates and flight availability,” Emirates said. Hitherto, flights were anticipated to resume on August 20 but originally, they were expected to resume on August 15 after UAE said residents from Nigeria, Uganda and a few other countries could re-enter, provided they met certain conditions. On August 14, Emirates insisted that flights to and from Nigeria would remain suspended until August 15, had been moved to August 20. Emirates has also reinstated capacity on its flights to and from Lusaka (linked with Harare) and Entebbe with five…

Striving to create healthy aviation growth as well as achieving the government’s objective in terms of air transport value chain growth, the Nigerian authority has encouraged four international airport terminals to participate in infrastructure investment. A request by the authority for qualifications for the concession of four international airport terminals stated that the airports open to private investment are the international airports in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt, the four major cities in the most populous African country. Investment in national infrastructure through private sector funding, it has been highlighted, will play a critical role in addressing Nigeria’s physical infrastructure deficit which hampers economic development. In a statement issued in Lagos, Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Hassan Musa said, “The airports surrounding communities are intended to develop into efficient, profitable, self-sustaining and commercial hubs which would create more jobs and develop local industries through a public-private partnership…

Nigeria’s new airline, Green Africa airways has finally received its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) meaning it can start commercial flight operations after numerous delays The carrier has earmarked August 12 as the new official launch date. Sales for Green Africa flights had to be postponed after it emerged that the new airline would not be able to make its June target for launch of flight operations “This is a watershed moment in our journey to use the power of air travel to create a better future,” says the airline’s chief, Babawande Afolabi. The head of the country’s regulatory authority, Musa Nuhu is optimistic about Green Africa’s role in Nigeria’s growing aviation sector “We look forward to the positive contribution that the new airline will bring to the Nigerian aviation industry,” he said Green Africa Airways currently operates a fleet of 3 ATR72-600 aircraft leased from ACIA aero with ambitions to…