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THE Special Adviser on media to the minister of aviation Mr. Joel Obi has debunked the story that the minister of aviation Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah is marginalising the North in the aviation industry with regards to the citing of Cargo Terminals as well as landing rights by some foreign airlines into the Malam Aminiu Kano International Airport, (MAKIA), Kano.

Speaking on the alleged refusal to grant landing rights to Emirates and Etihad Airlines, we make haste to state that the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and the United Arad Emirates (UAE) clearly grants and entitles these airlines to operate flights into Lagos, Abuja and Kano International Airports. 

THE launch of domestic operations by Medview Airline will bring a big relief to passengers who had hitherto suffered from the double impacts of shortage of aircraft and airlines.
This remark was made by the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority [NCAA], Dr Harold Demuren during the commissioning of the domestic operations of the airline at the MMA2, Ikeja, Lagos.
The airline operations especially on the Lagos-Abuja route, he noted would ease traffic congestion through the provision of more capacity to carry passengers who were always stranded due to shortage of flights to lift passengers on the sector.

AERONAUTICAL engineers in Nigeria have been described as endangered group of professionals in the aviation industry and if urgent steps are not taken to reverse the trends through the training of young cadets to take over from the ageing professionals, the industry may one day found out that it has no alternative than to resort to hiring foreigners.

ARIK Air has provided employment opportunities for not less than 2,500 Nigerians since coming into operations in 2006. This is addition to the training of cadet pilots by the airline which it expended $2million.

These were brought to light by the Managing Director of the airline, Mr Chris Ndulue while addressing media men on the 6th anniversary of Arik Air having commenced operations on October 30,2006 with four daily flights between Lagos and Abuja using 3 brand new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft and by the end of that year, that is, two months into operations lifted 29,363 representing  less than 1 per cent of the domestic market.

THE Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is currently carrying out detailed investigation on what could have led to the crash of the Cessna 208 aircraft in Yola. It was learnt that Suntai broke regulations regarding the flight procedure of the plane he piloted on the ill-fated day before the eventual crash of the Cessna 208 in Yola?This is a riddle to be unearthed by the Accident Investigation Bureau [AIB] officials in their on-going investigations into the cause of the accident that nearly became fatal.The investigation became necessary

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