P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Aviation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:26:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Malaysia Airlines loss nearly doubles on MH370 impact http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/28/malaysia-airlines-loss-nearly-doubles-on-mh370-impact/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/28/malaysia-airlines-loss-nearly-doubles-on-mh370-impact/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:25:23 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209054 File Photo: Malaysia Airlines crash

File Photo: Malaysia Airlines crash

Crisis-stricken Malaysia Airlines said Thursday its second-quarter loss nearly doubled as the loss of flight MH370 spurred a decline in bookings, warning the red ink would accelerate as the year wears on.

The flag carrier said it posted a 305.7 million ringgit ($97.2 million) loss in the April-June quarter, which followed the March 8 disappearance of flight MH370 with 239 passengers and crew aboard.

That compared to a 175 million ringgit loss in the same period of last year.

The latest results mark the sixth straight quarterly loss for Malaysia Airlines (MAS), which has struggled to stay competitive and is now in dire financial straits following MH370 and the July 18 shooting down over Ukraine of flight MH17, which killed all 298 aboard that plane.

“The impact of the MH370 incident and intensified competition resulted in” a 6.7 percent drop in bookings, it said in a statement to the Malaysian stock exchange.

But the airline — which is in the process of being taken over by Malaysia’s state investment fund as part of a bid to restructure and rescue the company — warned that second-half results will be even worse.

“The full financial impact of the double tragedies of MH370 and MH17 is expected to hit Malaysia Airlines in the second half of the year, where we saw a sharp decline in average weekly bookings by 33 percent immediately after the MH17 incident, with numerous flights cancelled,” it said.

MAS has bled money for years, losing a combined $1.3 billion over the past three calendar years before 2014, as intensifying competition from more nimble rivals like Malaysia’s fast-growing budget carrier AirAsia have lured away travellers with their rock-bottom pricing.

But the sudden association with tragedy for an airline that previously had a solid safety record has pushed it the financial precipice.

MH370 inexplicably diverted from its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing course, and the Malaysian government says it is believed to have gone down far to the south in the Indian Ocean.

MH17 went down over a region of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian rebels.

It is believed to have been shot down by a missile but investigators still don’t know who was responsible.

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Ebola: BA stops flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone until 2015 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/26/ebola-ba-stops-flights-to-liberia-sierra-leone-until-2015/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/26/ebola-ba-stops-flights-to-liberia-sierra-leone-until-2015/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:49:05 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=208832 British Airways

British Airways

British Airways extended to 2015 its suspension of flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone due to concerns about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus it announced on Tuesday.

“British Airways has suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until 31 December 2014 due to concerns about the public health situation in both countries,” the airline said in a statement.

“The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the routes under constant review in the coming weeks.”

The airline had previously suspended its flights until September.

Normally, the carrier operates a route four times a week between London’s Heathrow airport and Freetown in Sierra Leone, with a connection to the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The airline said customers with tickets booked on those routes could have a refund, rebook for a later date, or rearrange to fly out of Ghana, Kenya or Nigeria.

Over 1,400 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the start of the year in the worst ever outbreak of the virus.

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Passengers Queue For Ebola Check At Abuja Airport http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/11/passengers-queue-for-ebola-check-at-abuja-airport/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/11/passengers-queue-for-ebola-check-at-abuja-airport/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:18:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=206576 Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

Passengers arriving from domestic and international flights into Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, are now being subjected to intense screening at the Abuja airport as part of measures to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

P.M.NEWS gathered that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Port Health Services, a division of the Ministry of Health, started the exercise at the airport last Friday with passengers arriving from the Emirates Airlines being the first to be screened.

It was gathered that another 200 passengers who arrived on board Ethiopian Airline Flight- 911 in the afternoon were also screened.

The passengers comprised nationalities of Sudan, China, Zimbabwe, UAE, among other African and European nationals. An official told reporters that the exercise was now a daily routine at the international and domestic arrivals of the airport.

A quarantine team for Ebola

A quarantine team for Ebola

The exercise, just like in other airports in the country, is being carried out with the use of a special thermometer pointed towards the passengers to take their temperature.

According to a port health official, “if your temperature is normal, usually below 37 (degrees centigrade), you will be allowed to go but anything beyond 37 you will be asked to step aside and you will be checked more closely.”

Some passengers who spoke to our correspondent said there was nothing wrong with the screening.

Some of them said the screening should have been done inside the plane or targeted at passengers coming from the West African sub-region where the virus is rampant.

A Liberian, Patrick Sawyer was the first person to test positive for Ebola Virus in Nigeria.

The man was taken from the airport and put in isolation in a local hospital, were he died on July 25.

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Nigeria suspends Gambian national airline over Ebola http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/10/nigeria-suspends-gambian-national-airline-over-ebola/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/10/nigeria-suspends-gambian-national-airline-over-ebola/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:26:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=206492 Gambia Bird Airlines aircraft

Gambia Bird Airlines aircraft

Nigeria has suspended the Gambian national airline from flying into the country, alleging “unsatisfactory” measures by the airline to contain the spread of Ebola virus, officials said on Sunday.

The “NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority) has reviewed the measures put in place by your airline as contained in your letter of 30th July, 2014 and have found these measures unsatisfactory,” NCAA said in a letter to Gambia Bird Airlines.

“Consequently, your flights into Nigeria have been temporarily suspended with immediate effect until such a time that you are able to put in place acceptable and satisfactory measures,” said the letter, a copy of which was sent to AFP.

The contents of the airline’s letter to the NCAA were not disclosed.

NCAA is the government agency that serves as watchdog for all airlines operating in the country.

The Gambian national carrier flies to Lagos twice weekly. It also flies to other African countries in the region: Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Senegal.

NCAA said that part of its efforts to curb the spread of the virus was to to direct all airlines operating into Nigeria from Guinea, Freetown and Monrovia “to put in place adequate measures to ensure that passengers with this disease are not boarded and brought into the country.”

“Such measures may include suspension of flights into these countries,” NCAA added.

An American Liberian who arrived Lagos from Monrovia, capital of Liberia, via Lome (Togo), eventually died of Ebola virus in a Lagos hospital last July 25.

A Nigerian nurse who had contact with the Liberian also died last week while seven others have been confirmed to have the virus in Lagos.

Nigeria along with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are the hardest hit countries by the epidemic, which the WHO has called the worst in four decades. Nearly 1,000 people have died of the virus in these four countries, WHO said.

Nigeria’s president on Friday declared a national emergency over the deadly Ebola virus.

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Aviation unions shelve August 4 strike http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/03/aviation-unions-shelve-august-4-strike/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/03/aviation-unions-shelve-august-4-strike/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:14:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=205487 Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu

The three unions in the nation’s aviation industry say they have shelved their strike scheduled for 4 August.

The decision to stay action on the strike was reached at a meeting of the unions with the management of by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in Lagos on Saturday.

The unions are the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).

A statement by the unions said NAMA had agreed to meet their demands some of which border on welfare.

NAN reports that the unions had on July 31 served a strike notice in a statement signed by signed by Mr Abdulkareem Motajo, the General Secretary of NUATE.

The unions said the notice followed a breach of the resolution reached at the end of a conciliatory meeting with the management.

The meeting was held at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu.

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Ebola: ASKY resumes flight operations to Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/02/ebola-asky-resumes-flight-operations-to-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/02/ebola-asky-resumes-flight-operations-to-nigeria/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 19:15:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=205416 By Simon Ateba

ASky Airlines

ASky Airlines

ASKY airlines resumed flight operations to Nigeria on Saturday, after it was suspended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for flying a man infected by the deadly Ebola virus to Nigeria.

“After a series of meetings between top management of the airlines, health experts and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority – NCAA, ASKY’s daily flights are to resume successfully after a satisfactory report had been submitted with documentary evidence indicating a clear road map on all measures taken to prevent the spread of Ebola,” ASky said in a statement.

The company said the NCAA lifted the suspension after it satisfied some requirements. “Having carefully examined these measures put in place by your airline especially the suspension of flights into Ebola infected countries, the Management of NCAA has lifted the temporary suspension placed on your flight into and out of Nigeria”.

The Commercial Director of ASKY Airlines, Mr Nowel Ngala, who was present in Lagos, expressed great happiness and gratification that the airline was finally handed the right to continue to fly into Nigeria.

He said the Nigerian market is key to the airline as it operates daily services to Nigeria and also ensures that Nigeria is well connected to West and Central African markets and the rest of the world from Lome – Togo together with its strategic partner Ethiopian Airlines.

“We are very much aware of all the inconvenience this has caused to our dear customers and the travel public a large, especially those who had commenced their journey before the suspension was imposed. We continue to hold our numerous customers within and outside Nigeria in high esteem with products and services that are targeted to make their travel experience a memorable one,” he said.

He urges customers to quickly get in touch with their local travel agencies and ASKY offices to reconfirm their tickets and/or get further information to reschedule their journey.

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Ebola Virus: NCAA suspends Asky operations to Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/28/ebola-virus-ncaa-suspends-asky-operations-to-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/28/ebola-virus-ncaa-suspends-asky-operations-to-nigeria/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:11:35 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204916 By Simon Ateba

ASky Airlines

ASky Airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, on Monday said it has suspended all operations to Nigeria by ASky Airline, the airline that flew the Liberian suspected to have died of the Ebola virus in Lagos Last week.

Engr. Benedict Adeyileka, acting Director General of the NCAA said the suspension takes place with immediate effect.

The acting DG said the regulatory authority has to take this action to protect Nigerians from the deadly Ebola virus which is ravaging some parts of East and Central Africa.

A-Sky Airline is an important player in the West, East and Central Africa operating 80 flights into Lagos and Abuja weekly.

“The Airline flew the Liberian who was obviously infected with the virus into Lagos, Nigeria which has created panic and diverted world attention to Nigeria.

“The passenger has since died and the Country Manager of the ASky invited to the Aviation House to offer explanation to the Authority on the incident and show evidence of actions taken by the airline since the pandemic in their core areas of operation and after.

“The Airline representative could not offer any conclusive or substantial evidence neither did he demonstrate any capacity to be able to prevent a reoccurrence or possibly ship loading Ebola victims to Nigeria,” NCAA said in a statement.

The agency added: ‎”This is contrary to the provision of Article 14 of the Chicago Convention,1944, which states that: “Each contracting State agrees to take effective measures to prevent the spread by means of air navigation, of cholera, typhus (epidemic),smallpox, yellow fever, plague and such other communicable diseases as the contracting state shall from time to time decide to designate…..”

It quoted the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as also prescribing measures (Standard Practices) in Annex 9 to the Convention which a state must take to prevent the spread of communicable disease in the event of an outbreak.

“Annex 11 (Air Traffic Services) and Annex 14 (Aerodromes, Volume 1-Aerodrome Design and Operations) require air traffic services and aerodromes to establish contingency planning or aerodrome emergency plans, respectively for public health emergencies of international concern.

“The Acting Director General and the top management of NCAA therefore decided that the lives of millions of Nigerians were too precious to be risked on a platter of negligence of an airline.”

Based on that, NCAA said, the Airline operations have suspended with immediate effect until it is able to sufficiently and evidently prove that adequate machinery is in place to provide adequate screening of passengers in all their points of operation including profiling of each passenger.

The agency said Adeyileka has directed the Directorate of Air Transport Regulation (DATR) to proceed to write a letter of investigation to the airline. In the same vein, Arik Air which had earlier suspended their flights to Monrovia and Freetown has been advised to maintain the cessation of flights until cleared by NCAA.

The Authority will also write to other airlines operating into and out of Nigeria to ensure they put in place all necessary preventive measures during screening of passengers which will include indicating countries earlier visited by the passengers.

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Air transport staff gives FG fresh 14-day ultimatum http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/28/air-transport-staff-gives-fg-fresh-14-day-ultimatum/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/28/air-transport-staff-gives-fg-fresh-14-day-ultimatum/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:35:05 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204869 NCAA

The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) has issued a fresh 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to appoint a substantive director-general for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The ultimatum was contained in a letter given to aviation correspondents on Sunday in Lagos by the Deputy National Secretary of the association, Captain Tarnongu.

The letter entitled: “Re-Demand for a Substantive Director-General for NCAA” and addressed to the Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Ayim Pius Ayim, dated 24 July.

Tarnongu said in the letter that the ultimatum was given, following the expiration of a previous one given to the government.

He said that the union was driven by deep patriotism and commitment to contribute their quota to the transformation agenda of Mr President in the aviation industry.

Tarnongu noted that the attention of the SFG was earlier drawn to the leadership vacuum existing in the NCAA in a letter dated June 18.

“As stakeholders in the industry, we are aware of the enormous responsibility of this authority as a chief regulator of standards and custodian of safety in the industry.

“Thus, we are justifiably disturbed on the inability of government to appoint a substantive DG for the NCAA.

“We are by this letter, giving notice of the extension of our earlier 21-day ultimatum for another 14-days to lapse on Aug. 12, by which time we expect the government to expedite action to confirm a substantive DG,” he said.

Tarnongu noted that the union would be at liberty to deploy any other legitimate means to press their demand if the current one failed.

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Arik to suspend flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola virus http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/28/arik-to-suspend-flights-to-liberia-sierra-leone-over-ebola-virus/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/28/arik-to-suspend-flights-to-liberia-sierra-leone-over-ebola-virus/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:49:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204868 Arik Air

Arik Air on Sunday said it would suspend flight operations to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra-Leone on Monday following the first Ebola virus death officially confirmed in Lagos.

This was disclosed in a statement issued and signed by the airline’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Ola Adebanji, in Lagos. It said the suspension would be in force until further notice.

NAN reports that the first Ebola virus death officially confirmed in Lagos involved a Liberian national. He had flown into Lagos on a foreign airline from Monrovia via Lome in Togo last week.

The statement said the flights suspension decision was a precautionary measure aimed at safeguarding the lives of Nigerians.

“We are taking this important step as a concerned corporate citizen, bearing the interest of Nigerians at heart.

“We acknowledge the steps the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently undertaking to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus,” it said.

The statement said the airline felt compelled to take the business decision to immediately suspend flight services into the two Ebola virus-affected countries.

It said this was due to its interest in the well-being of Nigerians.

“At the early stages of the virus development across West Africa, the Gambian Government took the proactive decision to stop airlines, including Arik Air, from bringing in-bound passengers from Monrovia, Conakry in Guinea and Freetown into Banjul in Gambia.

“Hence, in line with the actions taken by the Gambian Government, we trust and are confident that the FGN shall take all steps necessary to control and curtail the spread of the virus,” the statement said.

It advised that all in-bound flights into Nigeria, which originate from any of the Ebola-affected countries, be immediately suspended.

“Our core vision and purpose are to provide world-class experiences and services which are safe, reliable and contribute towards both improved user quality of life as well as the elevation of Nigeria’s global standing,” the airline said.

However, Arik assured customers and Nigerians that their continued safety would always be at the forefront of all business decisions taken by the airline management.

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Aviation ministry pays N21bn to contractors http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/25/aviation-ministry-pays-n21bn-to-contractors/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/25/aviation-ministry-pays-n21bn-to-contractors/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:08:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204368 Abuja Airport

The Ministry of Aviation has paid N21billion out of the N174 billion owed contractors.

The former Supervising Minister of Aviation, Dr Samuel Ortom, announced this when he handed over to Osita Chidoka, the new Minister of Aviation in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the payments, made between February and July, had therefore reduced the ministry’s indebtedness to N153 billion.

“When I came here, it became necessary to constitute a committee to verify the entire commitments we have. We received an interim report that gave us the figure of N174 billion commitments.

“The committee’s work is still going on. We have not concluded work as at today.”

Ortom called on the members of staff of the ministry to give the new minister the necessary support. “I thank President Jonathan for appointing Mr Chidoka as Aviation minister. It is like putting the right peg in the right hole.”

Ortom described Chidoka as a man who is committed and can be relied upon in any assignment given to him.

“I believe that he will take the aviation industry forward to the next level. I believe that in a short time, the issues of national carrier will become a thing of the past.

“I want to assure you of my availability at any time you need to clarify any issue that affects my short stay in the ministry,” Ortom said.

Chidoka said he would continue the good work of his processor with a view to completing ongoing projects.

Chidoka also said in the drive to improve on the ongoing projects, he would study the situation and take things slowly and step by step towards achieving national aspirations in aviation sector.

“I am committed to working with the professionals in the ministry and will also work with the system.

“The safety of our airspace and security of our aviation infrastructure will remain cardinal objectives for me going forward,” Chidoka said.

He commended Ortom and the former minister of aviation for their good works in the ministry. “I assure you I will read the hand over notes and I will get back to you if I need any clarification,” he said.

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Peacock Wins Another Award http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/21/peacock-wins-another-award/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/21/peacock-wins-another-award/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:34:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=203797 Simon Ateba

Peacock Travels and Tours, a subsidiary of Peacock Group of Companies, has won another award, the company said in a statement at the weekend.

 This time, Peacock won the London-based Acquisition Magazine’s ‘Sustained Excellence in Corporate Travel 2014’ award.

 The award presentation was done by the Mayor of London Borough of Richmond, Cllr. Jane Boulton, during the opening of Peacock new office complex in King Street, Twickenham in London.

 Boulton was quoted as saying, “This award is a result of the hard work of Peacock Travel staff”.

 She expressed happiness for having a forward-looking establishment like Peacock in her Borough and pledged her support at all times.

 The Travel Manager, Peacock, Mr. Keith Lloyd, was quoted as assuring that the travel firm would continue to maintain the high level of service the company had been known for.

 “We want to be a travel agency that is unique and that has utmost concern its client, unlike online bookers,” he added.

 Keith noted that the award was based strictly on review and votes by industry practitioners in the UK as well as the evaluative research always carried out by the awarding magazine.

 The statement quoted the Executive Chairman, Peacock Group, Mr. Segun Phillips, as saying that the award was dedicated to the glory of God and the entire customers of the company worldwide.

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Police fire teargas to disperse protesters at Lagos Airport http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/16/police-fire-teargas-to-disperse-protesters-at-lagos-airport/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/16/police-fire-teargas-to-disperse-protesters-at-lagos-airport/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:13:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=203102 By Simon Ateba

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Police fired teargas on Wednesday to disperse protesters at the cargo area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, western Nigeria as the crisis between foreign airlines and Nigerian clearing and forwarding agents entered day eight.

The protesters, in their thousands, stormed the cargo terminal ‎of the Lagos airport in a bid to have an administrative fee charged by foreign airlines cancelled. They said the fee is illegal and not charged anywhere else in the world.

“When goods are sent to us from foreign countries, all fees are paid to the airlines. It is illegal for them to collect another fee from us just to hand us the documents,” Rotimi Ojo Olaifa , a clearing agent with Admair Agencies Nigeria Limited.

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He said aside for paying ‘normal’ fees to Customs, FAAN and other agencies, foreign airlines have been collecting between N30 and N35 per kilo for any consignment.

“We want them to stop charging such illegal fees,” Olaifa said.

A sea of protesters

A sea of protesters

The protesters carried placards that read “foreign airlines, stop illegal fees”; “foreign airlines, stop milking Nigerians” and “We say no to illegal charges”.

The protesters moved from their secretariat at the cargo area of the airport and staged a protest at the Customs office. They sang and danced and bowed not to stop until the foreign airlines are stopped.

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Crash survivor, Associated Airlines at war over compensation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/15/crash-survivor-associated-airlines-at-war-over-compensation/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/15/crash-survivor-associated-airlines-at-war-over-compensation/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:52:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=203056 Simon Ateba/Lagos

Crash survivor: Oluwatoyin Yemisi Samson

Crash survivor: Oluwatoyin Yemisi Samson

Associated Aviation Airlines, whose plane crashed in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, on 3 October 2013, killing 16 people, and leaving four others seriously injured, is at war with one of the survivors over unpaid compensation, P.M. News can reveal.

The 46-year old victim, Ms. Oluwatoyin Yemisi Samson, a single mother of one and a cabin crew of the airline who was seated onboard the aircraft with 19 other people when their small plane, an Embraer 120, took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 9:32 a.m. but crashed less than a minute after take-off, nose-down near fuel depot.

The plane was conveying the body of former governor of Ondo State Olusegun Agagu from Lagos to Akure for burial.

Toyin Samson's receiving treatment at a hospital

Toyin Samson’s receiving treatment at a hospital

Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, responsible for investigating air crashes, opened an investigation into the fatal accident on 11 October 2013, and a preliminary report suggested that improperly configured flaps for takeoff might have led to the crash.

The report also revealed that the number one engine appeared to be working normally while the number two engine produced significantly less thrust.

After the crash, Samson and other survivors were first taken to several hospitals, including the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, for treatment. She was eventually transferred to LASUTH on 9 October 2013 where doctors said she had suffered a blunt abdominal injury.

She was discharged from General Surgery Unit to Orthopaedic Unit because of a pelvic fracture on 16 October and placed on bed. Eventually, Samson was moved to Folatend Physiotherapy Practice hospital in South Africa, where she spent over two weeks.

She was not the only one; another staff who is still receiving treatment was also moved to South Africa for more care.

Associated Airline crash

Associated Airline crash

“But when I got back, they abandoned me. They paid me only one and half month salary arrears and claimed that I was not even their staff,” she told our correspondent in an interview on Tuesday.

“Whem Dana Air crashed on 3 June 2012; they quickly suspended their operations for maintenance and checks and suspended all their staff. I was among those who were suspended,” she said.

“But they called me to be part of their chartered flight to Akure. We had earlier done another chartered flight and I was part of that team,” she added.

“The question is not was I a staff? The question is, was I on that flight working for them? Do I deserve to be compensated?” she asked struggling to hold back tears.

This cannot happen anywhere in the world. We in Nigeria are very heartless people,” she lamented.

Samson said she still cannot move her right leg very well, and has not been able to secure another job since returning home to take care of her boy.

When contacted, Alex Emode, Associated Airlines spokesperson, quoted the Geneva Convention and argued that compensation is only given to families of the dead or survivors who suffer permanent body injuries.

He said Samson was sacked before the incident but pleaded with the Chief Operation Officer of the Airline to be onboard the tragic flight.

He asked her to go to court and prove her case, adding that any assistance from the airline can only be done on compassionate ground and not through pressures from lawyers.

He disclosed that the victim left some medical devices that were given to her in South Africa but rather went on a shopping spree.

“I did not go on a shopping spree and I did not leave anything they gave me,” she countered, adding that, “they gave me some little balls that were taken from me at the airport by security operatives and I informed them,” she said.

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Overland begins Abuja-Dutse flights http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/15/overland-begins-abuja-dutse-flights/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/15/overland-begins-abuja-dutse-flights/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:59:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=203039 Simon Ateba

Overland Airways, on Tuesday 15 July, announced the commencement of scheduled flight operations from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to the new Dutse International Airport in Jigawa State.

“Effective Monday, July 14, 2014, Overland Airways will commence thrice weekly flights (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) to Dutse from Abuja and return,” the statement by the airline read.

Captain Edward Boyo, Chief Executive Officer of Overland Airways, was quoted as saying that the commencement of scheduled flights operations on the Abuja-Dutse-Abuja route is part of the airline’s objective to facilitate air transportation between the major cities of Nigeria.

Overland Airways

Overland Airways

Boyo congratulated the Jigawa state government and its executive governor, Sule Lamido, for the quick completion of the Jigawa Airport project. He said Overland Airways will serve the good people of Jigawa State efficiently.

“Overland Airways is committed to providing our customers with safe and outstanding service with excellent value for money,‎” the airline said.

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Dana appoints Spanoghe as head of Safety and Quality Assurance http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/15/dana-appoints-spanoghe-as-head-of-safety-and-quality-assurance/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/15/dana-appoints-spanoghe-as-head-of-safety-and-quality-assurance/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:35:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202990 Simon Ateba

dana air

Dana Air on Monday 14 July appointed Louis Spanoghe as its Head of Safety and Quality Assurance as part of the airline’s strategy to further boost its entire operations.

“Spanoghe is a seasoned aviation expert with over 25 years in aviation and proven skills in aviation regulations and excellent working knowledge of aviation maintenance and assurance matters,” a statement by Dana said

Spanoghe was until his recent appointment Manager, Safety and Quality assurance at Aero Contractors.

He had in the course of his career managed a mix of projects including obtaining AMO and AOC approvals as well as in the introduction of new aircraft, conduct of operational, safety, quality and technical audit amongst others.

Given his pedigree, Spanoghe will bring his wealth of experience to bear on Dana Air’s operations as previously demonstrated in similar roles, the airline said.

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Court restrains AMCON from acquiring Aero Contractors assets http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/11/court-restrains-amcon-from-acquiring-aero-contractors-assets/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/11/court-restrains-amcon-from-acquiring-aero-contractors-assets/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:34:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202517 Cecilia Ibru

Cecilia Ibru

An Abuja Federal High Court on Thursday granted an order restraining the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) from acquiring the assets of Aero Contractors Ltd.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, granted the interlocutory order at the resumed hearing of a suit filed by Mrs Cecilia Ibru, ex-Managing Director of the defunct Oceanic Bank against AMCON.

In the suit, Ibru is challenging the plan to take over assets of Aero Contractor on the ground that AMCON breached the terms of agreement she entered with the Federal Government in 2010.

At the Thursday sitting, Ibru’s counsel, Dr Ted Iseghohi-Edwards, moved a motion for the maintenance of status quo, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The lawyer argued that the motion was necessitated by the recent moves by AMCON to acquire the asset, notwithstanding the pending case challenging the action.

He urged the court to grant the restraining order to protect the substance of the case.

Abayomi Okubote and Mr Terhemba Gbashima, counsel representing the defendants, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and AMCON, respectively opposed the motion.

Ruling in the matter, Justice Mohammed, granted the application and ordered parties to return to the status quo, prior to the commencement of the suit.

“The plaintiff’s prayer is that in the last few days, AMCON had made moves toward acquiring the assets of Aero Contractors Ltd.”

He prayed the court to grant an order for the maintenance of status quo in view of the court’s forthcoming vacation.

“Consequent upon the above reason, I hereby, order parties to maintain status quo until the determination of this suit. If, however, it is later proved that the plaintiff hid some material facts about Aero Contractors, it should be prepared to pay whatever damages to the defendants,” he held.

The judge also ordered the plaintiff to file an undertaking to that effect within 24 hours and adjourned the case till 17 September for further hearing.

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‎Abuja Airport Closure: Aero diverts flights to Kaduna http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/03/%e2%80%8eabuja-airport-closure-aero-diverts-flights-to-kaduna/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/03/%e2%80%8eabuja-airport-closure-aero-diverts-flights-to-kaduna/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:46:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=201514 Simon Ateba

Nigeria’s second largest airline, ‎Aero Contractors, said on Thursday it will divert passengers to Kaduna while the Abuja Airport remains close for maintenance.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said on Wednesday that the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the country’s capial will be closed to traffic for maintenance from Saturday 5 July to Monday 7 July.

The closure of the only runway in Abuja airport‎ means there will be no flights for three days in the Nigerian capital.

Abuja Airport

Abuja Airport

“Intending passengers to Abuja for that period may wish to consider our alternate flights to Kaduna due to its proximity to Abuja.

“We regret all inconveniences the situation may cause you. All our regular flight operations into Abuja will be resumed by Monday the 7th of July, 2014,” Aero said.

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Britain boosts airport security after US warning http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/03/britain-boosts-airport-security-after-us-warning/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/03/britain-boosts-airport-security-after-us-warning/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:56:47 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=201392 Britain has bolstered security at its airports in what leaders said Thursday was the correct response following US alarm that extremist Islamic groups could have developed new explosives for attacks.

Authorities did not give details of what the new security measures entailed. Britain’s terror threat level remained unchanged at “substantial” — the third highest grade.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin appeared on television to reassure passengers at the start of the European summer holiday season.

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport

“It’s very important that we work — as we do — with our American partners and indeed with other countries around the world so that where credible new threats are identified, a response is then implemented in airports around the world,” Clegg told ITV television.

McLoughlin told Sky News that “I hope there will not be significant delays” from the reinforced security.

An aviation security expert, Philip Baum, told Sky that passengers would likely see increased random searches and be asked to remove their shoes for checks.

The steps came after the United States on Wednesday said security had to be increased at some airports in Europe and the Middle East which provide direct flights to the US.

There were concerns in America that extremist groups had developed new explosives that could get through current airport security procedures undetected.

The announcement came before US Independence Day celebrations on Friday, July 4, but US officials would not say whether authorities had uncovered a specific plot.

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FAAN shuts Abuja Airport‎ for three days http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/02/faan-shuts-abuja-airport%e2%80%8e-for-three-days/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/02/faan-shuts-abuja-airport%e2%80%8e-for-three-days/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:30:19 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=201352 Abuja Airport

Simon Ateba

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said on Wednesday that the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the country’s capial will be closed to traffic for maintenance from Saturday 5 July to Monday 7 July.

The closure of the only runway in Abuja airport‎ means there will be no flights for three days in the Nigerian capital.

‎A notice to all airmen‎ has already been issued at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Internatioal Airport in Abuja, notifying all airlines, sister agencies and critical stakeholders of the closure, ‎said Yakubu Dati, FAAN Spokesman.

“This facility upgrade, which is in line with ICAO requirements and‎ NCAA approved safety and Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs), will further elevate safety and security to greater heights,” Dati said.

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Air Transport Workers Threaten Strike http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/30/air-transport-workers-threaten-strike/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/30/air-transport-workers-threaten-strike/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:54:45 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=201079 The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) on Sunday threatened to call out its members for strike if the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) failed to meet its demands.

The National President of ATSSSAN, Mr Benjamin Okewu, issued the threat in a statement in Lagos, a copy of which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Okewu said the union had demanded that all pending issues on workers’ welfare before the NCAA management should be resolved before 5 July.

“It was gathered that so many outstanding employees’ files on welfare matters, allowances, travel claims, have been piled up on the desk of the Director-General of NCAA, Engr. Benedict Adeyileka, and unattended to in the last 10 to 12 months,” he said.

He expressed the union’s displeasure with the way the aviation agencies were handling the 2014 staff training.

The ATSSSAN boss also demanded that the union should be furnished with the staff training proposals by all agencies in the aviation sector.

The agencies are NCAA, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Federal Airport s Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology.

Okewu argued that human capacity development in the sector could not be ignored due to the expanding investment prospects and safety challenges in the industry worldwide.

He, however, called for the full implementation of the approved conditions of service for workers in the industry.

He said the union would move its national secretariat temporarily to the NCAA headquarters until the issues of staff welfare were resolved.

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