Overland Airways Launches new flight schedule

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Another milestone has being recorded in the Nigerian aviation industry as one of its leading domestic airlines diversifies its operation to other regions of the country. Overland Airways has announced the commencement of scheduled flight services from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to the new Dutse International Airport, Dutse (Jigawa state). The Ikeja-based airline that operates a fleet of modern equipment and facilities to provide high standard of services currently flies to over eight destinations in the country including Abuja, Lagos, and Ibadan amongst others. The airline which commenced operations on 26 November 2003 is one the Airline that satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalization, in an effort to ensure better services and safety in the Nigerian Aviation sector.Overland Airways is an airline company registered to operate charter and scheduled flights. It targets the prosperity of the Nigerian hinterland by facilitating the air

Travelstart Nigeria Ties Up With Dana Air for Domestic Flight Bookings

Written by  |  Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Lagos, Nigeria, July 14, 2014Travelstart.com.ng, an online travel agency in Nigeria, today announced its partnership with Dana Air, which will allow customers to book domestic flights on their online travel booking platform. This collaboration gives Travelstart an exclusive third-party distribution rights for Dana Air flights and thus, giving the airline a broader distribution influence in Nigeria travel market. Beforehand, passengers could only book Dana Air flights on its website but under this partnership, passengers can now book Dana Air flights on Travelstart Nigeria website. The alliance is seen as a major move to offer cheap airfares and easy flight booking to the domestic travellers who often fly within the country for personal or business purpose. Commenting on this alliance, Lilian Obinna-Igwe, Country Manager of Travelstart Nigeria, said; “We have collaborated with Dana Air and we will be issuing their flights tickets to domestic destinations in Nigeria on our website.

Uproar over Kenya’s New Visa Requirements.

Written by  |  Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The Republic of Kenya houses most of Africa’s finest tourist destinations such as the wildlife safari, Maasai Mari, Mombasa and so forth. Tourism also accounts for the greater portion of her National Income. However, there are indications that her buoyant tourism sector will be adversely affected by the new visa regime. The new policy is targeted at South Africans, who constitute a large portion of her business and leisure tourists. This was announced by the Kenyan embassy through its website onJune 14, 2014 but it is expected to take effect from July, 2014. The new policy implies that Ordinary Visa applicants travelling to or transiting through Kenya will be required to adhere to several conditions which include paying a service charge of R 750 ($70). The Visa Service Fees payments were to be made at the Kenyan High Commission/Embassy premises.

Nigerian Air travel: boosted by five new international terminals

Written by  |  Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

The aviation sector is a very critical part of any economy especially for a populous nation like Nigeria. This is not just in terms of its capacity to boost tourism but in its potential to be a major contributor to the national treasury. This justifies all meaningful effort directed towards expanding and improving the volume of activities of air transportation in Nigeria, as there are ongoing efforts to increase international air travel across the country. This was made known by the Supervising Minister of Aviation, Chief Samuel Ortom who announced that the Federal government was building five new international airports.

According to him, this initiative was aimed at changing the face of aviation in Nigeria and also making the aviation industry globally competitive. The five new terminals are being built in Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, Kano and Port Harcourt with a $500 million Chinese government facility and $100 million counterpart funding from the Nigerian government.

The end of Visa Regime between two African Giants

Written by  |  Tuesday, 18 August 2015 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

 Recently, another milestone was recorded between South Africa and Nigeria, the two largest economies in the continent. It is a news that will definitely excite both leisure and business tourists in both countries. They have approved visa waiver for holders of official and diplomatic passports from both countries. Presidents, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and GoodLuck Jonathan of Nigeria both met in Cape Town, South Africa where the agreement was signed. Various issues were discussed on how to improve on relationship between both countries as they agreed on so many issues aimed at boosting development in the continent. The bilateral agreements also cover geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy and fields of information and communication technology. Beside the  visas waiver agreement both countries also signed eight other bilateral agreements which include,  cooperation in legal field, oil and gas sectors, power sector, environment,defence cooperation, women development and empowerment and so on. Ministers from both countries have been charged to ensure the effective implementation of the newly signed instruments and the conclusion of outstanding agreements.President Jacob Zuma expressed his satisfaction over the   trade relationships that have existed between both countries especially in the telecommunication industry.

FAAN 2013 Report: Abuja Airport records 3.8m passengers

Written by  |  Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Latest industry travel trend report released by Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria reveals that, the NnamdiAzikiwe International Airport, Abuja, handled 3,867,265 passengers traffic and 60,456 aircraft movements in 2013, the report by FAAN read on Monday in Abuja. This is contained in the Traffic Analysis Report signed and released by Mr Danmusa Jibril, Head of Operations Department, FAAN. The report, made available to newsmen, said the passengers comprised those who arrived and departed Abuja through the airport during the year under review. Also, it included domestic and international scheduled and non-scheduled commercial and chartered flights that landed and took-off from Abuja in 2013. The report said the 2013 passengers’ traffic and aircraft movements were significant improvements over that of 2012 when the airport recorded 312,090 passengers and 4,986 aircraft. The report said the airport recorded 2,927,883 passengers on its scheduled domestic traffic movements for the year.According to the report, 205,415 scheduled domestic passengers arrived and departed through the airport in January and 218,276 in February. It states that scheduled passengers were people that came through scheduled flights while non-scheduled ones were those that flew in and out of the  airport through chartered flights. In March, 212,767 passengers flew into and outside Abuja; 222,464 in April; 238,115 in May and 258,477

N13bn to Construct Bauchi Airport

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

Reports gathered from the News Agency of Nigeria reads that the cost of constructing Bauchi International Airport has been increased by N3.3 billion, Mr Ishaola Adeyemi, Chief Press Secretary to that State Governor, has said. He said the contract sum was increased from N9.7 billion to N13 billion following the inclusion of some vital facilities which were not considered earlier in the project. Adeyemi made this known while conducting journalists round the project in Bauchi on Wednesday. He said the new facilities being added to the project were vital components of an airport. He, however, said that when completed, the airport would be fifth to the ones in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Kano in terms of modernity. ``It has the state-of-the-art facilities; it has the latest facilities in the aviation industry in the world, and for today, the runway we have here is 3.7kilometers. ``The control tower is the latest you can think of in the world. At anytime and during any condition, planes can land and take off from here”, Adeyemi said. On completion of

Bullet Proof Cars: Court Compels FAAN, Coscharis to Release Documents

Written by  |  Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00  |  Published in AVIATION TRENDS

A Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday granted Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, leave to apply to the court to compel the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) and Coscharis Motors Limited to disclose the information requested by the organisation on the purchase of two bulletproof cars for the former Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah. The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, granted the group the leave to pursue three separate suits filed on behalf of the organisation by Media Rights Agenda’s legal officer, Ms. Omolola Adeoya. In the first suit against the NCAA, EiE is seeking a declaration that  the  failure  and/or refusal of NCAA to grant access to or make available to EiE the information it requested by its letter dated October 30, 2013 was a violation of EiE Nigeria's right  of access to information established and guaranteed by Section 1(1) and Section 4(a) of the  Freedom  of Information Act, 2011.

It sought a declaration that the failure and/or refusal by NCAA to give EiE a written notice that access to all or part of the  information requested would not be granted and stating reasons for the denial and the section of the  FoI Act upon which NCAA relied to deny EiE access to

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