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.”
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star global airline has won 2018 Best Airlines in Africa Award for the 7th year in a row from African Airlines Association (AFRAA). The award was given on November 27, 2018 in recognition of its exceptional financial performance at the 50th high profile African Airline Association Annual General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.
Regarding the award, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “We are thrilled to win this prestigious award. In the last seven years we have been coming to AFRAA annual general assembly and receiving this continental high-profile award every single year. We sincerely thank AFRAA
Ethiopia has joined the list of growing African countries that have policy of visa-on-arrival for all African travellers. The idea of the African Union Agenda 2050 to unite the continent's peoples. The new travel policy is expected to significantly increase the number of African tourist arrivals to Ethiopia. The process of Ethiopia's Visa-On-Arrival for all Africans include online visa application facility. Ethiopia, hosts the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, last week announced at the AU headquarters that the Visa-On-Arrival policy takes effect from November 1st 2018.
Nigeria's Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, this week at an aviation show in the United Kingdom launched a new national carrier for Nigeria. In a presentation to participants at the event, Hadi Sirika revealed the name, logo and slogan of the airline.