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Local airlines record slow traffic after Yuletide rush

Local airlines record slow traffic after Yuletide rush

Aviation
Lagos records 551,380 passengers in six month Domestic air travel has returned to its low traffic profile of the COVID-19 era after the December rush at major airports across the country. The Guardian observed that traffic across major routes has dropped by 50 per cent, with attendant impacts on load factors and airlines’ frequencies. This is coming as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hinted that the Murtala Muhammad Airport (MMA), Lagos, recorded a total of 551,380 passenger traffic, with a total of 6, 261 aircraft movements from July to December last year. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of one of the carriers, yesterday, said the latest drop in traffic was expected in the New Year and in the middle of a pandemic. “Do not forget that we are still facing the...
Airliners bicker over N4b bailout sharing formula

Airliners bicker over N4b bailout sharing formula

Aviation
Some airline operators have expressed displeasure over the sharing formula adopted for the distribution of N4 billion aviation bailout funds, saying it skewed the largesse in favour of few airlines. The complainants, who operate smaller capacity, were displeased with the ratio 70:30 adopted between the schedule and non-scheduled carriers. As of yesterday, the likes of Air Peace, Azman, Arik, Aero Contractors, Overland, and Dana Air had been listed as the biggest beneficiaries. The Federal Government had, last week, shared the sum of N4 billion bailout funds among a total of 18 scheduled and non-scheduled carriers. The special intervention was thrown open to all airlines with a valid Air Operating Certificate (AOC) and distributed according to the size of the carrier. The pa...
‘Treat aviation employees as essential workers in vaccination’

‘Treat aviation employees as essential workers in vaccination’

Aviation
Given their direct contacts with air travellers, airlines and regional bodies have urged governments to treat aviation employees as essential workers as the COVID-19 vaccination campaign kicks off in different parts of the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), jointly said the aviation workers are just as central to the disease prevention as the health workers. The industry’s call on governments aligns with the World Health Organisation’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunisation Proposed Roadmap for Prioritising Uses of COVID-19 Vaccines. This ou...
N22bn debt: NCAA, airlines agree on payment plan

N22bn debt: NCAA, airlines agree on payment plan

Aviation
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has said that it has reached an agreement with airlines in the country to ensure that debts owed the agency are reconciled and a payment plan is agreed upon. The Director-General, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, said this when the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation led by Nnolim Nnaji paid him a visit on Wednesday. He said, “Under your guidance, we have carried on that agreement that we had. We had a meeting with the operators on the issue of the debt collection and agreed to notify each airline on the level of debt that they have. “We will sit down with them and do the reconciliation. We will then implement a payment plan. We do not expect everyone to pay all their money at a go because of the difficulties in the industry and economic do...
Airline debuts $500,000 insurance coverage for travellers

Airline debuts $500,000 insurance coverage for travellers

Aviation
Foreign airline, Emirates, has opened additional, multi-risk insurance cover for travellers, to the sum of $500,000. Provided by Emirates and AIG travel at no additional cost to its customers, this cover is the first of its kind in the airline and travel insurance industry. It is designed to provide all Emirates passengers a unique offer for stress-free and hassle-free travel. This new multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover will automatically apply to all Emirates tickets purchased from December 1, and extend to Emirates codeshare flights operated by partner airlines, as long as the ticket number starts with 176. Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “Emirates was the first airline to offer complimentary global COVID-19 cover for travelle...
Airline operators fault Senate committee’s claims of imminent air crashes

Airline operators fault Senate committee’s claims of imminent air crashes

Aviation
Airline operators have faulted the Senate House Committee on Aviation over its claims that financial distress has caused carriers to cut corners, therefore, rendering the local airspace unsafe. The operators, under the aegis of Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON), said though they agreed with the committee’s call for more bailout for local carriers, they said the guiding regulatory rules had never been violated by any member. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Smart Adeyemi, on Monday said that some stakeholders had confessed that airlines were cutting corners just to survive the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic on air travel business. Adeyemi said except the Federal Government took an immediate step to properly support the airlines with bailout beyond the N4 bi...
Ex-workers issue NAHCO, BPE two-week ultimatum over N1.13b benefit

Ex-workers issue NAHCO, BPE two-week ultimatum over N1.13b benefit

Aviation
Ex-workers of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO), have issued the management and the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), a two-week ultimatum to explain the status of their N1.13 billion or face legal action. The aggrieved ex-workers numbering over 700 have engaged the services of human rights lawyer, Joe Nwokedi, to demand the payment of their terminal and severance benefits. And barring a round-table meeting between the ex-workers, NAHCO and BPE in two weeks, Nwokedi shall also be taking the matter up with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), for intervention. The Guardian recently reported the face-off between the NAHCO management and their former workers over a N1.13 billion-worth severance packa...
$500m Chinese debt sparks confusion in airport concession

$500m Chinese debt sparks confusion in airport concession

Aviation
• FAAN former MDs, directors warn of hidden takeover • Reps set up sub-committee Federal Government’s plan to concession airports has run into difficulties over an existing debt and pact with China to build four new terminals at the cost of $500 million. The “concession within concession”, according to the coalition of aviation workers’ unions, is untidy and not in the best interest of the country. Hence, this among other concerns regarding the airport concessioning should first be resolved. A group of former Managing Directors and Directors of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) warned against a Mezzanine Clause in all Chinese sponsored projects, adding that any contravention of agreement with China on the $500m loan for the construction of the new terminal building...
Aviation bodies seek bailout to save 4.8 million

Aviation bodies seek bailout to save 4.8 million

Aviation
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have again appealed for urgent government intervention to prevent an employment catastrophe in the global aviation industry. Estimates from the Air Transport Action Group suggest some 4.8 million aviation workers’ jobs are at risk as a result of air travel demand falling more than 75 per cent – August 2020 compared to August 2019. The impact of COVID-19-related border restrictions and quarantine measures has effectively closed down the aviation industry, grounding planes and leaving infrastructure and aircraft manufacturing capacity idle. The Nigerian Government has disclosed plans to support operating carriers with N4 billion, which stakeholders have de...
African air cargo demand surges amid global downturn

African air cargo demand surges amid global downturn

Aviation
Air cargo demand and movement have recorded a surge in the African region, though global demand still remains weak on account of the COVID-19 aviation disruptions. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the September data for global air freight markets showed that air cargo demand, while strengthening, remains depressed compared to 2019 levels. According to the data, African airlines saw demand increase by 9.7 per cent year-on-year in September. This was the fifth consecutive month in which the region posted the strongest increase in international demand. Investment flows along the Africa-Asia route continue to drive the regional outcomes. International capacity decreased by 24.9 per cent. However, global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), was ei...