Air travel, safety, booking difficulties and cost remains some of the barriers travellers in Africa currently endure. The findings of the recent African Traveller Report 2019 by the Sabre Corporation revealed that air travel remained inaccessible to the majority of African citizens, and increased by just 2 percent since 2016. The company interviewed 5 869 people from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The report revealed that only 26 percent of Africans travelled by air in the past 24 months.
The chairman and chief executive officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema speaks on the operations of the airline and effort by it to link Nigeria to the world and the challenges, among others...
How are you copping with the issue of destination imbalance?
The Federal government has intervened and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, is trying to address these issues of destination imbalance whereby multiple frequencies and designations are given to foreign airlines, the government is addressing all that.
A document issued by the department and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos showed that 30,043 flights were operated by nine airlines during the period under review.
It said domestic airlines operating in Nigeria recorded 16, 429 cases of delayed flights between January and June 2019.
According to the document, 241 flights were cancelled for various reasons by the airlines.
Air Namibia has suspended flights on its Windhoek-Lagos-Accra route over a diplomatic row with Nigeria.
In a statement issued on Friday, Namibia’s national carrier said the flights were suspended with immediate effect.
Air Namibia said operations on the routes, which were launched in June 2018, started off very well as there were a “high number of passengers and revenue was good”.
“During February 2019, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia banned the issuing of visas to Namibian passport holders,” the airline said.
The federal government has hinted on the discussion with Cape Verde on plans to begin air transport relationship in line with existing Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between the two countries. Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure after a meeting with Cape Verde representatives during a sideline meeting at the just – concluded First ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa in Sal, Cape Verde.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has set up a committee to map out plans to boost revenue generation for the agency, especially from non-aeronautical business.
Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, disclosed these to aviation journalists at the week in an interview at the agency’s headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
Dunoma said that it was high time FAAN diversified it’s revenue generations away from aeronautic services (like taxes and incomes paid by airlines for use of airports) to non-aeronautic services like hotels, car parks, shopping malls, tourism, among others.
The Nigerian government has banned the Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying in the country.
The decision is coming days after a Boeing 737 Max-8 plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed in Addis Ababa, on its way to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, on Sunday.
The minister of state on Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said the Port Harcourt international airport project was funded through the China-Exim bank loan of $500m with a US $100m counterpart fund facility.
“At the time this administration came on board, the level of work was below 30% and bedeviled with various technical challenges which included foundation design change, inaccessibility to Apron, inadequate Apron space,master plan distortion, water and sewage provision, inadequate power supply.”