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FG Unveils New National Carrier, Calls It ‘Nigeria Air’

Valentine Chinyem

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The minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika, today unveiled the name and logo of the new national carrier, Nigeria Air.

Speaking in London at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow, the Minister said, “We’ve been talking to Airbus and Boeing (and they’re present at this event) regarding the aircraft for Nigeria Air, and we will be making announcements very soon. We are currently negotiating.

“We want to use this new private-sector-led airline to make a statement that, ‘Yes, Nigeria can do it!’ and we also want to promote our cultures and traditions. It will also create economic opportunities and jobs,” he said.

Importantly, he cited that the Nigerian Government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new National Carrier.
“Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it,” he noted

 

Prototype of the New Nigeria Air

“This is a good development that will be remembered for a very long time in Nigeria. If this isn’t change, I don’t know what change means,” he said.

The Minister added that ministry of Aviation will increase the terminals in Lagos and Abuja Airports with an 11 million passenger capacity in each of the two airports. Lagos terminal which currently does 8 million per annum, was built in 1979 for 200,000 passengers annually, while Abuja does 5 million.

Hadi Sirika speaking at the show

FIA is one of the biggest Airshows in the world, where decision makers and industry experts gather every two years to do business. The new National Carrier is expected to bring Nigeria closer to the world, the Minister said.

It will be recalled the old National carrier, Nigeria Airways was created in 1958 but ceased operation in 2003 over governments inability to sustain its operations. However, with this new feat, the Nigeria Air is expected to cover 81 routes both domestic, regional and international, for now,  out of more than a thousand route considered.

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