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THE management of Aero Contractors during the week denied workers access into its facility due to the ongoing dispute between it and the workers. The dispute which started last week has completely paralyzed the operations of the airline resulting in cancellation of all its flights pending the resolve of the dispute.

Aero in a press statement said that the management is on a reorganization drive to ensure a more efficient, dependable, reliable and safe workforce which the unions are resisting and unwilling to sit and talk. It is a known strategy of unions to use blackmail to achieve undesired goals and this should be rebuffed in line with the law.

FOLLOWING the recent armed robbery attack at the Terminal Zero Car Park of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos where no fewer than three people lost their lives, the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has evacuated all the Bureau De Change (BDC) operators at all the airports in the country.

FAAN insisted that the activities of the BDC at the airport attract unscrupulous elements to the airports. The robbery attack lasted for about 30 minutes.

Also still at the terminal were four escort vehicles stained with blood, gun shots, shattered windscreens and deflated tyres belonging to the Nigerian Police.


THE need for African aviation to develop itself tops the agenda of an ongoing global aviation meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The appeal comes as Africa garners only 4-percent of the aviation industry’s global income. Our correspondent in Addis Ababa, Coletta Wanjohi has this report.

Africa is known as one of the fastest growing regions in the world in case of air traffic, but aviation statistics show that its global share of the world traffic is only 4 percent.

In 2009, 78 percent of all intercontinental flights were operated by non-African airlines. Today more than 65 percent of the intercontinental traffic to and from Africa is carried by foreign airlines.

EMIRATES, one of the world's fast-growing international airlines, is offering passengers some excellent fares to select destinations across the GCC, Far East, Europe and the Indian Sub-Continent, when travelling in Economy or Business Class.

The offer is valid for sales from now until 31st March and for outbound travel between 1st February and 10th December 2013 (for Dubai fare only) and between 1st February and 10th December 2013 (for other destinations included in this offer).

THE Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomole has commended President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for the moral and budgetary backings given to the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze-Oduah in embarking on the massive remodeling of most of the airports in the country.

He noted that without the support of the President and prompt release of fund, no matter any 'beautiful' master plan the Minister has, it would remain 'a paper tiger'. The governor made the remark while commissioning the remodeled Benin Airport.

While also commending the Minister for her doggedness in pursuing the transformation agenda cum airports remodeling project as it was a matter of fact that most of the nation's airport including that of Benin were very old and in need of modern touch, he pleaded with the Minister to upgrade the airport to an IFR status to allow a 24-hour flight operations into and out of the airport. 

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