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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...
Local airlines’ debt burden hits N22b

Local airlines’ debt burden hits N22b

Aviation
• Stakeholders kick over credits, unremitted charges  Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, yesterday, disclosed that the local airlines’ total debt burden to regulatory agencies stood at N22 billion. A breakdown showed the sum of N19.37 billion and $6,993,284 million (N2.7 billion) as unremitted Ticket Sales Charge (TSC), and Cargo Sales Charge (CSC) collected on behalf of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and its sister agencies. The minister voiced out at the on-going three-day public hearing on new aviation bills at the National Assembly, following an appeal by the Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON) that the mandatory five per cent TSC and CSC should be scrapped or reduced to support the operating airlines. Counsel to the AON, Chinasa Unaegbulam, had urged the...
AIB to deploy drones at accident scenes

AIB to deploy drones at accident scenes

Aviation
Awaits NCAA’s approval  The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria has intensified surveillance capacity with the acquisition of drone technology for use in accident probes. The Chief Executive Officer of AIB, Akin Olateru, told journalists recently in Lagos that investigators had already been trained as part of the approval processes for the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Olateru noted that the drone technology was not deployed during the recent helicopter crash in Lagos because its operation was yet to be approved by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). He said they were putting papers together towards the submission of application at NCAA. “Be mindful, this set of AIB team will probably be the first the NCAA will be licensing. So, it’s a new thing to the NC...
Joint committee reviews NCAA’s implementation of safety recommendations

Joint committee reviews NCAA’s implementation of safety recommendations

Aviation
Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), have set up an 11-man committee to review the implementation of safety recommendations at the NCAA. The safety recommendations, issued by the AIB, were drawn from accidents and serious incidents. Commissioner of the Bureau, Akin Olateru, said the committee would also consider any other areas of cooperation that would improve safety of aircraft operations in Nigeria. Olateru said that the committee would also coordinate activities with regards to aviation occurrences, respect for the mandate and responsibilities of each organisation, effective and efficient exchange of information and data among others. He explained that both government agencies nominated five representatives each to the c...
FG clears Benin, Jos, Sokoto airports for flight operations

FG clears Benin, Jos, Sokoto airports for flight operations

Aviation
The Federal Government has cleared another four airports to resume commercial flight operations in line with the COVID-19 safety and security protocols. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure, saying ministerial approvals in and out of the airports would no longer be required. The new entrants are: Sultan Abubakar Airport, Sokoto, following its approval on July 19. Birnin Kebbi Airport resumed on July 20, while Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos; and Benin Airport, Benin, were given approvals to resume operations on July 24. The Minister, via his Twitter handle, said the recent approvals brought the total number of certified airports to 14. “I am glad to announce that the following airports are open for full domestic operations, hence ministerial ...
Airlines cancel flights over low patronage, apathy

Airlines cancel flights over low patronage, apathy

Aviation
A number of flights were yesterday and Wednesday cancelled over low patronage on some of the recently opened routes. Following the early success on the Lagos and Abuja corridors, more airports have resumed operations but without the airlines having flights on the routes. The Guardian learnt that although Kaduna Airport has resumed, it was yet to receive flights. At least three airlines cancelled their sole flight to Kaduna yesterday, just like on Wednesday, due to low passenger turnout. The Maiduguri Airport, according to the Federal Government’s reopening plan, was cleared as of last Saturday. It also had its scheduled flights cancelled. The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, has been having few flight services, but with a very limited number of passengers. Operat...
Airlines seek flight resumption as NCAA submits findings today

Airlines seek flight resumption as NCAA submits findings today

Aviation
Local airlines have urged the Federal Government and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to reopen the airspace for airlines and airports that have satisfied safety protocol to begin operations. The carriers, under the aegis of Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON), said more days were bound to be wasted and revenues lost should the system wait for every stakeholder to be ready. The appeal was made on the heels of the disclosure that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), was concluding its findings and would submit recommendations to the PTF today. AON Chairman, Capt. Nogie Meggison, at a webinar forum for aviation stakeholders, said a restart date would spur more stakeholders to intensify preparations and save newer investments recently made by the airlines. ...
‘Local sector needs strong airlines, over 10 aircraft per carrier’

‘Local sector needs strong airlines, over 10 aircraft per carrier’

Aviation
Until Nigeria augments its criteria for airlines’ operations, its aviation sector may continue to parade airlines with weak capacity for international competition and aero politics. The former Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Iyabo Sosina, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), African Aviation Services, Nick Fadugba, said this at a recent webinar forum, as they urged the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to consider having three to four local airlines with a strong fleet capacity of an average of 10 to 20 aircraft per carrier. Sosina, with decades of experience in airlines operation and business on the continent, said Nigeria needed only two to four airlines to play on the domestic, regional and international markets. However, the airlines ...
World airlines issue safety guidelines for restart

World airlines issue safety guidelines for restart

Aviation
World airlines have proposed new safety guidelines to governments toward re-starting passenger flights amid the coronavirus crisis.The airlines, under the aegis of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Wednesday, said the aviation-friendly guidelines aim to provide the confidence that governments would need to enable the re-opening of borders to passenger travel, and the confidence that travellers would need to return to flying. Similarly, aviation regulatory bodies and airlines in Nigeria, are already meeting to review the level of preparedness towards possible resumption of air travel business once the current four weeks restriction ends. The regulators, like the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), are looking at the var...

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