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THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is complementing security at the four operational international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt with the introduction of sniffer dogs and anti-terrorism squads in order to enhance safety and security at these airports, as contained in the aviation road map of the Ministry of Aviation.

This measure, which will be extended to the other airports in the country later, is in line with the transformation agenda of the Federal Government in the aviation industry, designed to provide world-class facilities and service at all Nigerian airports.

THE new president of the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers' Association NATCA Mr. Victor Eyaru has vowed to pursue vigorously the welfare of controllers in the country during his tenure in the discharge of their duty.

Speaking to reporters in Makurdi, Benue State, immediately after he was declared winner of the keenly contested election, Mr. Eyaru said, the welfare of controllers remained paramount in the programme of the new executive.

FRANKFURT Airport's (FRA) new Pier A-Plus  the 800 meter-long westward expansion of Terminal 1  opened on schedule after about four years of construction. Flight operations begin on October 10 at the new pier, allowing Germany's biggest hub to serve up to six million additional passengers per year thus a total of approximately 65 million passengers per year.

This €700 million terminal complex will be exclusively used by Deutsche Lufthansa AG and its Star Alliance partners. In particular, Pier A-Plus provides more docking positions for serving wide body aircraft like the Airbus A380 superjumbo and the Boeing B747 family.

TWO notable aviation unions in the country, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) have commended the government on the zero percent tariffs on aircraft and spare parts importation announced by President Jonathan in his budget presentation to the National Assembly. 

STAFF of Air Nigeria has petitioned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to investigate the disappearance of the N35.5 billion aviation intervention fund given to the carrier last year to strengthen its operations before the recent shut down of its domestic flights.

In the petition dated September 12, 2012, entitled, " Closure of Air Nigeria, call for investigation of N35.5billion Aviation Intervention Fund'', the branch chairman of National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Air Nigeria, Roland Ahmed said the body respectfully wish to seek the intervention of the governor of the country's apex bank and inquisition in a N35.5 BN facility drawn by the carrier.

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