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Air Nigeria to begin operation by May 29 – Sirika



The Federal Government on Thursday assured Nigerians that national carrier would begin operation before May 29.

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, gave the assurance during his presentation at the National Aviation Stakeholders Forum 2023 in Abuja.

He said the federal government was taking all necessary measures to overcome the hurdles introduced by the indigenous airlines that went to court to stop the process.

The minister, however, said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration had supported local airlines more than all previous governments in the country.

Sirika stressed that the national carrier would create numerous jobs and better opportunities in the industry when fully established.

He lamented that Nigeria’s aviation industry was the only one in the world where qualified pilots were without jobs.

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The minister said: “About 50 pilots have come to me complaining about their unemployment status. The national carrier should be able to employ more pilots and create other job opportunities.

Ethiopian Airlines, the offered bidder for the national carrier is highly competent, and profitable enough to add value to the Nigerian aviation sector.”

Sirika said the ministry had focused on investment in airports terminals by the private sector and airside infrastructure in the last couple of years.

He pointed out that the ministry had supported development of associated services such as aircraft maintenance and airport service providers in the country.

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