Japan and Singapore top 2019 list of world's most powerful passports

It's been a two-horse race this year to be named the world's most powerful passport, with both top contenders in Asia. Going into the final quarter of 2019, Japan and Singapore held onto their position as the world's most travel-friendly passports. That's the view of the Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the access each country's […]

Extreme Weather Forces Foreign Airlines to Divert Flights to Ghana, Benin Republic

There is no end in sight to the massive flights disruption occasioned by the inclement weather conditions as foreign airlines are now diverting flights to neighbouring countries. Passengers on the domestic routes have continued to experience disruption in travel plans since the commencement of the harmattan season accompanied by haze and fog which blur visibility […]

Absence of ILS At Lagos Airport Forces BA to Divert Flights to Ghana

UK mega carrier, British Airways, yesterday diverted its Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos-bound flights to Accra, Ghana, due to absence of functional Instrument Landing System (ILS, THISDAY has learnt. THISDAY's investigation also revealed that the UK mega carrier had on Monday diverted its flights to Accra, Ghana because the pilots did not want to […]

FAAN Reopens Port Harcourt Airport After Fire Incident

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday announced the reopening of Port Harcourt International Airport after a fire outbreak, which disrupted operations. FAAN said on its official twitter handle that normal flight activities had since commenced at the airport. "Following a careful evaluation and mitigation of the impact of the bush fire earlier reported […]

Great expectations after mixed fortunes in local air transport

The disappointments of 2019 were indeed glaring. But the marginal growth in the air transport business was fairly comforting and reassures a better 2020 – if the decision-makers are willing. While many still await the aviation development masterplan to materialise in its fourth year on the table, there are low hanging fruits to explore for […]

International Air Transport Association sets new measures for cargo handling audit

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new programme to raise global standards in cargo handling operations and audit. The Smart Facility Operational Capacity (SFOC) programme, with two components, aims to reduce audit complexity and duplication for cargo handling facilities. The first component, being the Smart Facility Operational Capacity Audit Certification or SFOC […]

Enugu Airport to reopen in April

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, yesterday inspected the ongoing reconstruction exercise at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and gave the assurance of a re-opening by April. Sirika said that the runway would be completed before the celebration of Easter following an intensive rehabilitation work seen at the site. Recall that the Federal Government […]

Arik Air's Fleet Receives Boost, to Enhance Customer Experience

Arik Air received two aircraft from C-Check over the weekend, thereby boosting the operations of the airline in the coming festive season. The two aircraft include a Q-400, while the Boeing 737-800 check was conducted by Lufthansa Technik AG in Malta. According to a statement, over the last two years the current management has been […]

Air Peace to open Ibadan, Abuja, Kano, Owerri routes

As part of its no-city-left-behind initiative, Air Peace airlines has concluded plans to open the Ibadan route via direct flights connecting the city to Abuja, Kano and Owerri. The Chairman of the airline, Allen Onyema, disclosed this at the University of Ibadan’s Alumni Association Luncheon and Awards, held in Ibadan, saying the new routes would […]

Arik Wasted $240m On Two A340 Planes - AMCON

The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has blamed the short life span of Nigerian airlines on what it called financial recklessness by the operators. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, Ahmed Kuru, specifically faulted aircraft acquisition without the due diligence of feasibility studies. He said Arik Air which is under its receivership blew […]

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