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There was palpable anxiety among passengers of a United Nigeria flight number U50515 on Friday when the aircraft, which departed Port Harcourt to Abuja, had a detour over bad weather.

Passengers react as United Nigeria plane detours over poor weather

There was palpable anxiety among passengers of a United Nigeria flight number U50515 on Friday when the aircraft, which departed Port Harcourt to Abuja, had a detour over bad weather.

Minister says duration of airport concession to last 20–30 years

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said that the planned concession of four airports will last for a duration of 20 to 30 years.

NAHCO signs United Airlines, Qatar airways contracts, renews others

Nigeria’s foremost leading ground handling service provider, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, (NAHCO) has clinched the handling contract for United Airlines for the next three years.
The Management of Air Peace has received another ERJ-145 aircraft after undergoing C-Check abroad.

Air Peace workers celebrate salary increase

The excited workers could not believe it when they got salary alert and noticed that all the workers were given a raise by the management with some receiving 100 per cent increase, while the big earners got minimum of 10 per cent increase.
FILE PHOTO - A Boeing 737-800 plane of Belarusian state carrier Belavia takes off at the Domodedovo Airport outside Moscow, Russia May 28, 2021. REUTERS-Maxim Shemetov-File Photo

EU bans Belarus airlines as opposition urges G7 sanctions

Belarus carriers will be banned from flying over European Union territory or having access to its airports from Friday, the bloc said, as the country’s exiled opposition leader called for more joint Western sanctions
Lawyers attend the judges' inspection of the reconstruction of the MH17 wreckage, as part of the murder trial ahead of the beginning of a critical stage, in Reijen, Netherlands, May 26, 2021. REUTERS-Piroschka van de Wouw-Pool

MH17 plane crash families prepare for critical trial phase

Families of people who died in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 said they were preparing to hear painful details when a critical stage of a trial over the crash starts on Monday.
213 British nationals were Monday evacuated from Nigeria through the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on a British Airways flight BA9157 .

Passengers suffer check-in delays as SITA withdraws service

Check-in for hundreds of international air travellers to various destinations was on Tuesday delayed for several hours when the airlines reverted to manual system for passenger facilitation.
French authorities in Paris are searching an Air France airplane that arrived from Chad following an anonymous threat about a possible explosive device on board, officials said on Thursday.

Air France flight from Chad searched after bomb threat

French authorities in Paris are searching an Air France airplane that arrived from Chad following an anonymous threat about a possible explosive device on board, officials said on Thursday.
United Airlines has agreed to purchase 15 supersonic aircraft from Boom Supersonic, with an option to increase that order to 35 jets, the companies announced Thursday.

United Airlines to buy 15 supersonic aircraft from Boom Supersonic

United Airlines has agreed to purchase 15 supersonic aircraft from Boom Supersonic, with an option to increase that order to 35 jets, the companies announced Thursday. That agreement, though, is still subject to change depending on the outcome of United’s safety testing and also Boom’s ability to deliver on its promises despite never having built or flown a full-scale supersonic jet before.
The Akwa Ibom State Government on Wednesday inaugurated its own airline, Ibom Air.

Deaf people’s association accuses Ibom Air of discrimination

The Nigerian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) has accused the Akwa Ibom State official airline, Ibom Air, of discrimination against deaf people, particularly as it concerns employment and flight services.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, is set to take delivery of an aircraft from Italy for the commencement of the Deep Blue Sea project.

NIMASA takes maritime capacity building to schools

Taking its drive for maritime capacity building to the younger generation, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency visited Premier Academy School, Lugbe in Abuja to mark this year’s Children’s Day.
FILE PHOTO - A Boeing 737-800 plane of Belarusian state carrier Belavia takes off at the Domodedovo Airport outside Moscow, Russia May 28, 2021. REUTERS-Maxim Shemetov-File Photo

EU to blacklist Belarus airline ahead of economic sanctions – diplomats

The European Union is preparing sanctions on Belarus’ national airline and around a dozen top Belarusian aviation officials, three diplomats said, a stop-gap measure before economic sanctions following the forced landing of a passenger plane.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the now rested Presidential Task Team on Apapa Restoration of Law and Order, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, yesterday dismissed allegations of corruption against its officials.

Apapa gridlock: How NPA, LASTMA, others frustrate e-call-up system – truckers

Major truck owners operating in Lagos ports, yesterday, opened a can of warms, alleging fraud in the electronic Call-Up system introduced by the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to address the chaotic traffic situation in Apapa and its environs.

NSC: No increase in terminal charges yet

Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on Monday said that the council has not increased its terminal charges.

Aero Contractor begins flight services to Bauchi, Maiduguri

Aero Contractor Airline on Monday inagurated its flight services to Bauchi and Maiduguri routes.

Nigeria Customs begins verification of private aircrafts

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it will begin to take stock of all privately owned aircraft in the country to ensure strict compliance with all regulations.
Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has said that the inauguration of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line has been put on hold due to the upsurge of COVID-19 in the country.

Ministers inspect Lagos-Ibadan rail project ahead of commissioning

Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and his Information and Culture counterpart, Alhaji Lai Mohammed are inspecting the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge project ahead of the commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Air traffic controllers decry poor equipment in Nigerian airports

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has advised the Federal Government to increase the number of Air Traffic Controllers in the country, so that air traffic will be effectively handled across all the nation’s airports.
This sudden world applause is due to the delivery of the first of the 13 brand new Embraer E195-E2 Nigerian Air Peace airline placed order for in April 2019 at the Embraer Business Meeting at Port Louis, Mauritius

Air Peace’s new aircraft begin test flights to Owerri, Abuja

Air Peace’s two brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft have started operating test flights in preparation for deployment into service.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, is set to take delivery of an aircraft from Italy for the commencement of the Deep Blue Sea project.

NIMASA donates 40 computers, others to Anambra government

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has donated some education materials to the Anambra State Government for onward distribution to the schools in the state.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel says it is unsafe to reopen schools in the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Akwa Ibom governor: Ibom Deep Sea Project will ease burden on Lagos ports

Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, says the Ibom Deep Sea Project (IDSP) will enhance Nigeria’s maritime industry by easing the frustrations experienced by importers and exporters at Lagos ports.
FILE PHOTO - The Suez Canal connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea is pictured from the window of a commercial plane flying over Egypt, December 18, 2019. Picture taken December 18, 2019. REUTERS-Lucas Jackson

SCA: Ship suffers engine trouble in Suez Canal, no impact on traffic

A container ship broke down in the Suez Canal on Friday but was refloated and repaired with no impact on traffic in the waterway, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said.

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In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

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