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Enugu airport reopens August 30, says Sirika

Enugu airport reopens August 30, says Sirika

Aviation
The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, says the Akanu Ibiam International airport, Enugu will reopen for normal business on Aug. 30. Sirika gave the assurance at the airport in Enugu after inspecting the progress of ongoing rehabilitation of the runway and upgrade of other infrastructure, aiming toward international standards, on Tuesday. According to him, the project has reached between 90 and 95 per cent completed. The ministet said the Federal Government planned to make a quick intervention in the procurement to ensure dilapidated runway, which was a threat to the safety of operations, is fully dealt with. ”We were on course, but unfortunately, COVID-19 came and the workers took to their heels to ensure that they remain safe. ”We are back on site and we have made...
African air travel market plunges by 98.7 per cent

African air travel market plunges by 98.7 per cent

Aviation
Airlines in Nigeria and other African countries hit the rock bottom in the month of April, with passenger traffic dropping by a whopping 98.7 per cent. A regional travel estimate recently released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), showed that the dip was nearly twice as bad as the 49.8 per cent demand drop in March, and a record in the history of modern air travel. Capacity contracted by 87.7 per cent, and load factor dived 65.3 percentage points to just 7.7 per cent of seats filled, lowest among regions. Indeed, the plunge was not unconnected with local and international flight restrictions as countries battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease pandemic. Things have, however, started looking up as nations are beginning to ease the lockdown w...
Virtual Conferencing Seen Limiting Air Travel Post COVID-19

Virtual Conferencing Seen Limiting Air Travel Post COVID-19

Aviation
Before the global lockdown of socio-economic activities due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, corporate organisations and other businesses often engage in virtual conferencing, where officials connect to each others through the internet and hold virtual meetings. Some of the officials could be at different parts of the world but connected together through the virtual platform. This used to be alternative choice for organisations, but it became inevitable for some businesses since the COVID-19 lockdown because there is restriction on movement and there are no scheduled international flights, so internet conferencing has become the choice. Aviation experts have predicted that this method of meeting would continue after the pandemic and it would cut down air travel, which would ov...
FG takeover Osubi airport over alleged debt, mismanagement

FG takeover Osubi airport over alleged debt, mismanagement

Business
• We have not been informed, says private operator The festering face-off between aviation service providers and management of Osubi Airport, in Warri, Delta State, has assumed a new dimension with the Federal Government’s approval of a takeover of the private purpose-built airstrip. The government, in a letter to all the aviation parastatals, terminated the contract of Shoreline Oil Services Limited, the operator of the airport, with immediate effect, citing incompetence. Shoreline, however, told The Guardian yesterday that they had not been formally informed, and are still running the facility as at Sunday. The facility has been a subject of controversy since it changed hands from the original owner, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), to Shoreline i...
Aviation unions hijack toll collection at Lagos airport

Aviation unions hijack toll collection at Lagos airport

Business
Aviation workers’ unions yesterday made good their threat to take over the collection of tolls at the access gate of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. Members of the unions, in their drove, stormed the access gate as early as 7a.m. to chase away officials of the concessionaire, and replace them with officials of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The Guardian learnt that the hijack had been in the works since the contract of the concessionaire, the Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa Limited (ICUBE), expired a year ago. More so, the unions under the aegis of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and Nat...