Passengers Demand Overhaul Of Airlines, Agencies

Written by  |  Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

As a way of averting future air disasters and related incidents, concerned air passengers have called on the federal government to carry out thorough overhaul of all airline operators and the agencies overseeing them. This, the passengers say is necessary following the scare they have been subjected to in the last few weeks as a result of the Associated Airline crash in Lagos, the Kabo Air incident in Sokoto and the hydraulic problem which led to a near-crash of an IRS airline plane last Sunday. Some passengers who spoke to Daily Trust yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport emphasized the need for relevant aviation authorities to step up regulatory and supervisory efforts to ensure security and safety of air travelers especially this Sallah and the 'ember' period that come with heavy air traffic. A passenger, Alhaji Bala Gambo said: "I know the air crash and near-crash incidents may have put a clog in the wheel of the efforts of the authorities but they need to step up their efforts. Happenings like this make mockery of the entire system. How many of these airlines are fit to fly, who certifies them to fly. But I am sure most of these airplanes are not fit, the operators are just managing them to make money, putting passengers' lives at risk. Only God will save us. "Mrs Laraba Tanko said: "When incidents like this happen, in sane countries where things work, people take responsibility. They will say I have failed, I am not getting something right, I throw in the towel.

UPDATE: Kaduna-Bound IRS Plane Makes Emergency Landing

Written by  |  Monday, 14 October 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Reports have it that an IRS aircraft made an emergency landing in the early hours of Sunday at the Kaduna International Airport, Kaduna.However, there were no casualties. Reports say the plane had 92 passengers on board. Aviation authorities did not immediately respond to inquiries about the incident The plane took off from the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos by 8 am, en route Kaduna and crashed around 9:30am. Airport sources say, the plane conveying 105 passenger from Lagos had a landing gear problem. ”The plane had a tyre that burst during landing but it managed to halt midway, along the runway,” the source said. ”However, all the passengers were evacuated safely and the plane is still on the runway.” However, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority denied the plane’s tires were faulty.

More details later.





British Airways Appoints Kola Olayinka As Commercial Manager For West Africa

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

British Airways is growing its presence in West Africa and has appointed Kola Olayinka as commercial manager for the region. Olayinka, who was previously the country manager for Nigeria, will be responsible for the airline’s commercial operations in the country as well as Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The airline only started flying to Sierra Leone and Liberia just under a year ago and is already planning to increase services from three to four a week later this month. At the same time, it will increase services to Ghana from seven to 10 a week. From 2014, it will begin operating a Boeing 747-400 on the route, further growing capacity. This is in addition to the direct daily services it operates to Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria from London. “West Africa is an important growth market for us and our customers are better served by a commercial team which knows and understands the region and has the autonomy to respond promptly and effectively to local market conditions,” says Gavin Halliday, Area General Manager, Europe and Africa. “With his extensive experience in the airline industry,

Senate Summons Minister, Heads Of Aviation Agencies

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The Senate on Tuesday summoned the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, to brief it at plenary on the state of the aviation sector and to explain the high number of air crashes. Chief Executive Officers of aviation parastatal agencies such as the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and Nigeria Airspace Management Authority (NAMA), among others, are also to appear before the senate. The Senate condemned the increasing number of plane crashes in the country and the inability of relevant agencies to unearth the causes of the incidents. The invitation is sequel to a motion brought on Tuesday by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, on the Oct.3 crash involving the Associated Airlines in Lagos. Uzodinma, who said that Nigeria had experienced seven air mishaps and two averted crashes within the last two and a half years, attributed the development to the failure of the aviation system.
"The resurgence of plane crashes in the country since 2011 is suggestive of a deep seated system problem that must be unravelled and resolved in order to avert further loss of lives”, he said. Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), observed that the lack of effective enforcement of regulation was also the bane of the aviation industry. He suggested that the Senate should embark on an in depth investigation of the problem of systemic failure inherent in the aviation sector.

Nigeria: Accidents Are Inevitable - Aviation Minister

Written by  |  Tuesday, 08 October 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Minister of Aviation Princess Stella Oduah, yesterday brushed aside government criticism over Thursday's air crash in Lagos saying accidents are inevitable. She was reacting to comments that the recent crash involving the Associated Airlines has cast doubts on government's efforts towards making the nation's airspace safe. Speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja yesterday, the minister said the "accident is an act of God" noting that her ministry only tries its best to prevent it. According to her, all stakeholders in the aviation sector have shared responsibilities and must work in tandem to ensure a secure and safe sector. She said: "We do not pray for accident, but it is inevitable. All we do is to do everything to ensure that we do not have accidents. But it is an act of God. "Again, we do not speculate on the cause of accidents. Until that happens, you can't say this is the cause or that is not the cause. But what is obvious and is the truth is that, in aviation, there are shared responsibilities starting from the man that carries your luggage to the man that makes sure your boarding pass is issued to you. "And so the regulatory agency, the operators and the management, everybody has their responsibility and all must work in tandem for there to be an optimal, secure and safe aviation sector. "There is no seminar or conference where Nigeria hasn't given what you call an exemplary role. Every nation wants to emulate what we've done within such a short time to be able to have a safe airspace.

Arik Air, IATA Sign Weblink Agreement On Billing System

Written by  |  Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest commercial airline, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed a Weblink agreement that allows accredited travel agents direct sales into the Billing Settlement Plan (BSP) system. Weblink is an alternative means to Global Distribution Systems (GDS) channels (Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre, Worldspan, etc). It allows the IATA accredited travel agents to access the Arik inventory and pricing directly via Mercator Airline Reservations System (MARS) bypassing the GDS. With Weblink, all reservations and ticketing transactions are direct via Weblink to MARS, with sales reported as individual transactions to the BSP Data Processing Centre (DPC).

Private Plane Carrying Late Olusegun Agagu’s Body, Crashes In Mafoluku, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos

Written by  |  Tuesday, 01 October 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

A private plane allegedly owned by Associated Airlines crashed at Aviation Estate, Mafoluku, Oshodi-Isolo way, Lagos has just crashed.Reports claim that all the 20 people on board are feared dead. Also, the body of the former Governor of Ondo State Olusegun Agagu who died in September after slumping in Lagos, was also allegedly on board He is to buried tomorrow Friday 4th October 2013.The scene is surrounded by officials and men from fire stations. Details to come soon!




Kaduna Zone Pilgrims Airlift Ends Saturday

Written by  |  Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from Kaduna Zone will be completed on Saturday, Alhaji Muntaka Coomasie, the zonal Coordinator, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, has said. Coomasie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Wednesday that barring any hitches the evacuation of the pilgrims would be rounded up on time. According to him, 4, 600 pilgrims from Kaduna and Plateau states have been transported to the Holy Land, leaving about 2, 373 to be transported by Saturday. He said that the exercise was going on smoothly, and attributed the success recorded so far to the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the pilgrims and airline officials.

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