Emirates Launches Seeking To 3,000 New Cabin Crew

Emirates is seeking to hire 3,000 cabin crew members, alongside 500 ground workers at Dubai International Airport. The move comes as the airline continues its post-pandemic recovery, with the employees explicitly being targeted to aid its operations ramp-up. Across the world, airlines are beginning to see the green shoots of recovery after the worst year and a half ever experienced by the industry. Emirates is no exception, with a quarter of the airline’s 119 strong Airbus A380 fleet already back in the blue skies and more jets to come. More…

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NCAA Won’t Allow Airlines With Expired Certificates To Fly

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said airlines that wait until their Air Operator Certificates expire before renewing them will be grounded. According to the NCAA, its regulations require airline operators to renew their AOC’s at least 30 days before expiration. Some stakeholders in the aviation industry had at a recent conference in Lagos, faulted the AOC process. Airline operators, as required by the NCAA, renew their AOCs every two years. The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, said, “There are five…

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At Last, Canada Bans Passenger Flights From Morocco

Transport Canada at the weekend announced that all direct flights from Morocco will be barred until September 29, 2021, at the earliest. The ban has come after the country has seen an increase in positive test results in travelers arriving in Canada from Morocco over the past month. As a result of that decision, Transport Canada has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTM) restricting all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada, going into effect at 00:01 EDT on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Flights that were already en route…

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Airport Concession: I Disagrees With ICRC & BPE Says Chidoka

Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka said he disagrees with the concession approach taken by both the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) insisting that they want to take the best part of FAAN and give it to private investors who may not have the wherewithal to handle it. Chidoka who spoke during a virtual stakeholder’s meeting to update on the concession of the four international airports likened what is happening now to what transpired in the power sector where the discos now do not…

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Air Peace Begins Scheduled Flights Into Gombe State

Nigeria’s Air Peace airline has deepened its stronghold and expanded its wings in the North East with the launching of commercial flights into Gombe State from Lagos and Abuja. The airline has informed its teaming patrons that it will operate three weekly flights into the Gombe State. The Air Peace brand new E-195 aircraft with flight number P47443 from Lagos and Abuja to Gombe landed in grand style on Wednesday at the Gombe airport where several government dignitaries were present to welcome the flight. Speaking at a ceremony to mark…

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Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, Sirika Says All Ongoing Airport Projects Will Be Completed Before 2023

Hadi Sirika Nigeria’s Aviation Minister under President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the federal government was committed to completing all the outstanding projects in the aviation industry before the terminal date of the present administration in 2023. The minister gave the assurance in his keynote address at the 25th annual conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) held recently in Lagos. The minister who was represented the commissioner and chief executive officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N), Mr. Akin Olateru, appealed to all the stakeholders…

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House Of Reps Wants Creation Of Domestic Airlines Special Forex Window By CBN

Apparently worried by the rapidly increasing domestic air fare and other operational cost of airline operations in the country, the House of Representatives has called on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr Godwin Emefiele to create a special window for domestic operators to access foreign exchange. The lawmakers who spoke against the backdrop of CBN’s stoppage of sale of Forex to Bureau De Change operators in the country also expressed worry about the possible effect of the ban on operators that are struggling to survive. Speaking…

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Arik Restarts Warri With Abuja, Lagos, Moves Benin, Warri Flights To MMA2

Arik Air is resuming flight services to Warri from both Lagos and Abuja effective Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Flights between Abuja and Warri as well as between Lagos and Warri will operate four times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Similarly, Arik Air will be moving its Benin and Warri flights from the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 1 (otherwise known as GAT) to Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2, MMA2 effective Monday, August 2, 2021. All Arik flights departing to and arriving from both Benin and Warri will operate from…

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Finally, Air Peace Resumes Banjul, Dakar Flights

Air Peace has announced the resumption of flight operations into Banjul in the Gambia and Dakar in Senegal on July 23, 2021, to provide more options for regional connectivity. Stanley Olisa, the image maker of the airline who made the announcement in a news release issued to reporters, revealed that Banjul and Dakar flight services will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. He said the airline is glad to let the flying public know that Air Peace is reinstating its Lagos-Banjul, Dakar flight operations to offer more regional connectivity while…

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Air Peace Concludes Plans To Resume Warri, Freetown Flights July 9, 21

Air Peace airline has said it would resume both the Warri, Delta State scheduled flight operations and Freetown in faraway Sierra Leone flight operations from July 9 and 21, 2021, respectively. Warri is in oil-rich Delta State in the South—south part of Nigeria and the state is governed by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), one of the topmost parties in Nigeria. Freetown on the other hand is a port city and the capital of Sierra Leone, in West Africa. It is known for its beaches and…

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