P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Aviation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:57:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Chidoka says Jonathan will transform Aviation College http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/chidoka-says-jonathan-will-transform-aviation-college/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/chidoka-says-jonathan-will-transform-aviation-college/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:13:05 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222827 Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, said transforming Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria to meet 21st century aviation challenges, was one of the topmost priorities of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Chidoka spoke to newsmen on Saturday in Zaria, after inaugurating projects in the college, as part of the activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the school.

“As you can see, it is part of the present administration’s giant stride to reposition the college that we commissioned three projects today.

“We have commissioned Visual Tower Simulator for the training of Air Traffic Controllers and Pilots, Aslim Simulator and two new Helicopters Bell 206 and many more are on the way.

“I believe that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has shown foresight and trust in the capabilities of the people managing aviation sector,” he said.

Chidoka said that currently, 22 airports owned by the Federal Government were at various stages of becoming world class airport terminals, with the state-of-art equipment and infrastructure.

“The Federal Government has made tremendous progress in repositioning the country’s aviation sector with completion of the first phase of airport rehabilitation project.

“he N38 billion worth of projects, which involves remodeling of 11 airports are nearing completion and the second phase has progressed very swiftly,” he said.

The Rector of the College, Capt. Samuel Caulcrick, said it was the desire of the founding fathers, for the college to be a famous aviation institute in Africa and among the best in the world.

He said in the last 50 years the college had worked tirelessly to achieve its mandate by significantly improvement to become a centre of excellence.

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Customs denies molestation of FAAN manager http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/customs-denies-molestation-of-faan-manager/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/customs-denies-molestation-of-faan-manager/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:32:43 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222822 Custom boss, Dikko Abdullahi

Custom boss, Dikko Abdullahi

The Nigeria Customs Service, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command, on Saturday said that its personnel were not involved in the molestation of an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Thursday.

An official of FAAN had on Thursday been beaten up over parking fees at the cargo section of the MMIA.

Mrs Thelma Williams, Public Relations Officer, Airport Customs Command, told newsmen in Ikeja that the allegation that the official was beaten up by a Customs officer was untrue.

She said that Customs had investigated the incident and found that its officers did not molest the FAAN official.

According to her, the officers around the car park resumed work in the early hours and attempted to park at the facility, when a misunderstanding ensued over the conditions attached to the facility.

She said that the officers, however, did not molest the FAAN officials.

“The officials only drove into the car park, arising from failure of FAAN officials to grant them access, having introduced themselves and displayed their identity cards,” she said

Williams said that the Customs had engaged the management of FAAN on its mode of operations at the airport as it affects the use of public facilities, such as car parks.

She said that the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Mr Folorunsho Adegoke, had in a letter dated Dec. 5, communicated to the airport manager the position of the command on FAAN’s request for toll payment.

According to her, the Controller had explained to FAAN that the entire airport area, from the end of the tarmac, apron, cargo section and the airside was designated in the Customs Excise Management Act.

She said the same legal document required FAAN to provide accommodation for the Customs Service at the airport, which included accessibility to offices for its officers.

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75% of cargoes still uncleared at MMIA Cargo Terminal http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/12/75-of-cargoes-still-uncleared-at-mmia-cargo-terminal/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/12/75-of-cargoes-still-uncleared-at-mmia-cargo-terminal/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:55:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222594 Airport Terminal

Airport Terminal

The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) on Thursday said 75 per cent of the cargoes at the Cargo Terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) were still uncleared.

The association’s President, Mr Aloysius Igwe, told aviation correspondents in Lagos that the two ground handlers were claiming demurrages for the goods not cleared within the period of the terminal’s closure.

NAN reports that the terminal was reopened on Dec. 4, following an order given by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr Abdullahi Dikko.

NAN also reports that the two handlers are the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) and the Skyway Aviation Handling Ltd. (SAHCOL).

Igwe said that only 25 per cent of goods had been cleared so far by the companies, stressing that the stringent measures put in place by the customs was slowing down progress at the terminal.

“Unlike in the past where these goods would have been cleared almost immediately with assistance from clearing agents, it is no longer the same.

“In fact, some goods now spend extra days in the warehouses of the ground handlers due to insufficient personnel and the new measures put in place by the customs.

“Also, just few days ago, the management of the two ground handling companies threatened to impose additional charges on goods not cleared within a specific period.

“How can we clear the goods when the personnel on ground are not capable of discharging their duties as expected?”

However, NAHCO’s General Manager, Corporate Communications and Branding, Mr Tayo Ajakaye, denied any planned increase in fees on the cargoes by the ground handling company.

He also insisted that the ground handler had enough personnel to accelerate cargo clearance within its warehouse.

Ajakaye explained that NAHCO, about a few weeks ago, employed 40 additional staff who were on training during the period of the closure and have now resumed work in cargo services.

The general manager said that 30 of the new workers were deployed to China Bulk Breaking; five to General Bulk Breaking and another five to Export Warehouse.

He added that these were in addition to the members of staff who work in those units before the closure.

On the dumurrage claim, Ajakaye denied additional fee by NAHCO, saying that for all shipments still in the terminal there was no demurrage paid.

He added: “These shipments are not in our cargo warehouse yet. For shipments that have been tallied and are in our warehouse before the closure, there would be no demurrage charged.

“For shipments whose documentation was completed and who have customs exit paper before the closure, no demurrage is charged.

“Only those shipments that have entered our warehouse and not yet tallied at the time of the closure would attract payment of demurrage.

“Even at that, of the total 16 days, eight days would be waived. However the waiver would only be given on the review of the cases on a case-by-case basis,” he said.

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Arik Air Adds 20 Flights For Yuletide http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/11/arik-air-adds-20-flights-for-yuletide/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/11/arik-air-adds-20-flights-for-yuletide/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:24:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222550 Simon Ateba

Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, said on Thursday that it will provide additional 20 flights to cater for the huge number of air travellers during the festive period.

“The additional flights will cover the period from December 19 -24, 2014. Instead of the average 120 daily flights normally operated by Arik Air, the airline will during the festive period increase its daily flights to an average of 140,” said Banji Ola, Arik Air spokesman.

He said the key domestic routes that will be affected during the festive season are Enugu, Owerri, Calabar, Lagos, Abuja and Asaba.

“On the mentioned days, Arik Air will increase the frequency on the Lagos-Owerri route from twice to thrice daily while Abuja-Owerri will increase from one to twice daily.

“Similarly, the frequency on the Abuja-Enugu route will increase to twice daily, Abuja-Calabar to twice daily and Lagos-Asaba to twice daily,” Ola said.

Arik Air had last month increased the frequencies on some other key domestic routes like Lagos-Calabar, Lagos-Enugu, Lagos-Benin, Abuja-Benin, Lagos-Kano, Abuja-Kano, Abuja-Asaba and Abuja-Ibadan.

Ola quoted Arik Air Managing Director/Executive Vice President, Mr. Chris Ndulue as saying that the additional flights would allow many Nigerians to have the opportunity of sharing the joy of the season with those closest to them.

“For many of our guests, the Christmas and New Year period is a time when families wish to be reunited at the end of a busy year. Arik Air is, therefore, very pleased to announce that on many of our domestic routes, the airline will be scheduling additional flights and operating larger aircraft to cater for the expected increase in demand,”  Ndulue said.

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Hacking threatens airline safety, says aviation chiefs http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/11/hacking-threatens-airline-safety-says-aviation-chiefs/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/11/hacking-threatens-airline-safety-says-aviation-chiefs/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:22:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222504 plane

Cyber crime is a serious threat to safety in the skies, aviation industry heavyweights said Wednesday, vowing to fight the growing scourge before it causes a catastrophic incident.

Hackers, cyber criminals and other “terrorists” are stealing information but in a worst-case scenario could endanger lives by tampering with airline systems.

Among the five organizations getting together to take action against hacking are the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and other bodies that signed a new cyber security agreement late last week, formalizing their front against cyber crime.

“Our common goal in developing this agreement is to work more effectively together to establish and promote a robust cyber security culture and strategy for the benefit of all actors in our industry,” said Raymond Benjamin, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He added: “As technologies rapidly evolve and become more readily accessible to all, cyber threats cannot be ignored.

“This is an important new area of aviation security concern and our global community will ensure that it is met with a strong level of commitment and response.”

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Chidoka vows to end corruption in aviation sector by 2015 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/09/chidoka-vows-to-end-corruption-in-aviation-sector-by-2015/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/09/chidoka-vows-to-end-corruption-in-aviation-sector-by-2015/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:12:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222362 Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

The Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, on Tuesday said that the ministry would not relent in its effort to break the corruption chain in the aviation sector by 2015.

Chidoka said this at the inauguration of the anti-corruption intervention campaign in aviation sector in conjunction with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in Lagos.

NAN reports that the campaign was organised by ICPC to mark the United Nations Anti-Corruption Day.

He said the campaign became necessary because the industry was in a worrisome situation to corruption activities.

The minister said that as the country’s oil revenue began to deplete, Nigerians should begin to realise that there was more reasons for the country to build institutions that would sustain good governance.

He explained that reason the ministry was fighting corruption was because very few people in the industry always benefit at the expense of many. “The problem of corruption is that it does not spread the largesse to everybody while the few takes what is available for the many.

“It slows down the wind of progress, it can seals in a day what takes a life time to build. What our forefathers have suffered to build, corruption can destroy them in one day,” he said.

According to him, no matter all the efforts we put in, corruption has the propensity to swallow all our efforts.

He said that while the country was looking ahead, the industry must build today the organisation it wanted to see in the 20 years to come.

Chidoka disclosed that the South Africa Airport Authority had generated N21 million dollars with 2,225 employees, while Nigeria generated N28 million dollars with 5,255 employees.

“While South Africa industry contributes 2.1 per cent to the GDP which is about N5.1 billion a year, the giant of Africa, Nigeria contributes 0.4 per cent to the GDP.

“The Transparency International Corruption Perspective Index 2014, the top 10 countries are Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore, Netherland, Luxembourg and Canada,” he said.

Chidoka said that after the introduction of the system, whoever breaches it, the ICPC would be available to exact punishment.

“What we are launching today is not about arresting people or holding on to people, it is about creating an alignment for us to know that whatever we do at the airports impact a lot on the country.

“We are not using the strategy of catch the fish because we could have a plan with the ICPC to send their men to the airport to arrest people that are collecting bribe from passengers but we are not doing so.

“We want the process of engagement, dialogue, education and enforcement because education without enforcement becomes entertainment,” he said.

The commission’s Chairman, Mr Ekpo Nta, said that the initiative for the anti-corruption intervention arouse out of a convergence of concerns about the need to strengthen the ethical consciousness of the private and public officials who work in the nation’s airports.
Nta said that this was in furtherance of the ongoing repositioning of the industry for greater contribution to the economy.

“Worldwide, the air industry is recognised as a major driver of economic growth, providing connectivity within and beyond borders.

“That will facilitate trade, tourism and myriad economic activities,” he said.

Nta said that although the sector was a key sector player in the country’s economy as it was yet to tap into its enormous potential of being significant contributor to the nation’s GDP.

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Nigeria warns pilots of Harmattan haze http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/07/nigeria-warns-pilots-of-harmattan-haze/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/07/nigeria-warns-pilots-of-harmattan-haze/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 13:59:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222007 By Simon Ateba‎


Pilots flying over the Nigerian airspace between now and March next year should be wary of harmattan haze, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, warned on Sunday.

“This warning is important as Harmattan is known to pose an obvious threat to aircraft particularly in areas of challenging terrains due to low visibility,” the agency said in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Fan Ndubuoke.

The alert is in line with the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction issued by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) on the cessation of rainy season in 2014.

“The Harmattan is a dry and dusty wind that blows southwards from the Sahara across the country between the end of November to March, the following year.

“On its passage over the desert, it picks up large amount of fine dust particles (0.5 to 10 micrometers) which are transported hundreds of kilometres over the south.

“The effect of the dust and sand stirred by the wind is known as Harmattan Dust Haze,” NCAA said.

‎In addition, the consequence of the Harmattan is a heavy fog that causes air – to – ground visibility to be considerably reduced.

“Aerodrome visibility may fall below the prescribed minima and in severe conditions; dust haze can blot out runways, the markers and airfield lightings over wide areas.

“This makes visual navigation extremely difficult or impossible. Resultantly, where visibility falls below the prescribed weather minima, flight operations are likely to be delayed, diverted or outrightly cancelled,” the agency said.

NCAA called on all Pilots to obtain adequate departure, en route and destination weather information and briefing from NIMET prior to flight operations at all the airports.

“Pilots are similarly advised to exercise maximum restraint when strong surface wind, fog or harmattan haze is observed or forecast.‎ All concerned are required to ensure compliance with this Circular,” NCAA said.

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SAA ups frequencies to key African destinations as demand soars http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/05/saa-ups-frequencies-to-key-african-destinations-as-demand-soars/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/05/saa-ups-frequencies-to-key-african-destinations-as-demand-soars/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 07:24:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221754 South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) today announced that it has commenced adding additional frequencies to its network which will substantially increase air services to some of its key African routes.

The additional capacity injection answers the commercial mandate of the Long-Term Turnaround Strategy (LTTS), and is in response to positive market growth. As of yesterday, Harare (Zimbabwe) and Maputo (Mozambique), have included additional frequencies, with Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Mauritius to follow.

“The strengthening of these routes comes in the wake of positive load factors and increased traffic between the countries,” says SAA Acting Chief Executive Officer Nico Bezuidenhout.

Presently, GDP growth in Mozambique (7 per cent – African Development Bank) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (8.1 per cent – African Development Bank) exceed World Bank growth statistics for the continent (4.7 per cent – 2013) while South Africa’s trade and demand for leisure and business travel to Mauritius is growing at a steady pace. “Air lift services traditionally lead GDP in all markets and also track the rate of increased leisure travel, investment and business engagement between South Africa and its continental peers.”

Effective from 1 December SAA increased frequencies between Johannesburg and Maputo by 24 per cent from 17 to 21 weekly frequencies, effective 1 December Johannesburg and Harare from 18 to 19 every week (6 per cent), effective 4 December Johannesburg and Kinshasa from 6 to 7 a week (17 per cent) and effective 4 December Johannesburg and Mauritius from 9 to 10 weekly frequencies (11 per cent increase). Updated schedules are available across all SAA distribution channels, including its website www.flysaa.com.

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Dana Air celebrates with senior Nigerian citizens http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/01/dana-air-celebrates-with-senior-nigerian-citizens/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/01/dana-air-celebrates-with-senior-nigerian-citizens/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:22:02 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221341 By Simon Ateba‎

FILE PHOTO: Dana ground staff at Abuja Airport

FILE PHOTO: Dana ground staff at Abuja Airport

As part of activities marking its sixth year anniversary, Dana Air has visited the Old People’s Home in Yaba to extend support to Nigerian senior citizens, the airline said in a statement.

“Dana Air is leading in the drive to support charitable causes in the country as it continues to show firm commitment by investing in worthy causes that touches the lives of both the young and aged in the society,” said Samuel Ogbogoro, Dana Head of Corporate Communications.

Dana recently treated special and orphaned children at the Sai orphanage to an independence party to celebrate Nigeria’s 54thindependence anniversary.

The airline also recently sponsored a youth empowerment programme, Dare2Dream project, to help Nigerian youths achieve their dreams.

This is in addition to other humanitarian activities which the airline has engaged in which includes: feeding the homeless, sinking of borehole water in rural communities, sponsoring pilgrimages as well as supporting eye surgeries to the visually impaired. The airline has also created opportunity for children who have not had flight experience to be ferried from one state to another aboard its aircraft through its Kidz fly progamme.

Also coming on the heels of its sixth anniversary, the Nigeria chapter of Women in Aviation, a non-profit organization; recognized the airline for helping to inspire the next generation of professionals in the aviation sector.

While presenting a plaque of recognition as Best Customer Service & IT driven airline, the president of the Women in Aviation, Mrs. Rejoice Ndudinachi commended Dana Air for supporting future generation to build a career in the aviation sector.

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Overland Plane Crash Lands In Ilorin http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/29/overland-plane-crash-lands-in-ilorin/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/29/overland-plane-crash-lands-in-ilorin/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:40:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221242 About 40 passengers and crew of a Lagos bound Overland aircraft escaped death in Ilorin when the plane crash landed at the Ilorin airport.

Among passengers on board was a member of the House of Representatives, Ali Dodo; and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin and now Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Professor Ishaq Oloyede.

The Overland aircraft that crash landed

The Overland aircraft that crash landed

The crash occurred at about 4:35 p.m. on Saturday and it immediately caused pandemonium as firefighters quelled the fire outbreak that resulted from the crash.

The plane which was heading for Lagos stopped over at Ilorin to make a drop off as well as pick up other.

According to reports, the plane failed to get its front tyres off the ground leading to the accident.

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Dana Air highlights achievements at 6 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/dana-air-highlights-achievements-at-6/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/dana-air-highlights-achievements-at-6/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:49:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219774 Simon Ateba/Lagos

dana air

After six years in business and a major plane crash that killed more than 160 people, Dana Air on Friday tried to move away from its darkest past by highlighting some of the achievements it has recorded since 10 November 2008.

The airline said it is now stronger and better positioned to further expand and consolidate across the domestic routes even as plans are underway to commence regional flight operations by the second quarter of 2015.

Samuel Ogbogoro, Dana Air Head of Corporate Communications, mentioned challenges only in passing and quickly moved to say that despite “the peculiar operational challenges inherent in the aviation sector, Dana Air has been able to surmount the challenges and has made giants strides.”

He said Dana Air is the first and only Nigerian airline to have successfully undergone an operational audit conducted by the Flight Safety Group (FSG) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in conjunction with their foreign partners and has in the course of the last years airlifted over 2.3 million guests.

“Dana Air is a trailblazer and has consistently demonstrated a commitment to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner. The airline’s consistent on-time performance as well as its unique customer service is second to none in the industry and this has attracted commendations from industry analysts,” Ogbogoro said in a statement in Lagos, western Nigeria.

He mentioned the numerous awards that Dana has received in the last few years, including airline of the year award by the Transport and Logistics Company of Nigeria; Most Efficient Airline by Accolade magazine; Most Consistent Airline in Hospitality and Customer Service by the Centre for Democratic Governance in Africa; Best Customer Service Company in Airline services at the Nigerian customer service awards as well as Best IT-driven Airline by Technology Africa and Computer Society amongst others.

Dana ground staff at Abuja Airport

Dana ground staff at Abuja Airport

But even as Dana celebrates achievements and tries to move away from the plane crash on 3 June 2012, one of the worst incidents in the Nigerian aviation industry in many decades, the memories of that Sunday incident two years ago and the intrigues that followed remain fresh on many minds.

The plane crashed in Lagos only minutes to the runway, having left Abuja about 50 minutes earlier. Investigations by the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, was not conducive.

The agency only said that the plane lost both engines but was unable to explain why. The Data Flight Recorder, DFR, known as the black box, was so badly burnt that analyses proved futile, AIB said in its preliminary report.

Like all other plane crashes, Nigerians, including families of the victims were left in the dark. Some are yet to be paid compensation till date.

But Ogbogoro said that the airline is not resting on its oars as it is constantly reviewing its operations in line with current trends to meet the expectations of its guests and the flying public through the introduction of innovative products and more robust safety standards.

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Emirates slashes fare to reward Nigerian customers http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/emirates-slashes-fare-prices-to-reward-nigerian-customers/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/11/emirates-slashes-fare-prices-to-reward-nigerian-customers/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:27:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219384 Emirates

As the holidays kick in, Emirates Airline, one of the world leading carriers and a global connector of people and places is offering its customers in Nigeria the opportunity to see more of the world at reduced fares for a limited period only.

Available on selected return Economy Class and Business Class tickets to numerous destinations across the GCC, Far East, Europe, Canada and the Indian Sub-Continent, the sale is valid for booking until November 18th. To avail of this offer, outbound travel must commence on or before 15th December 2014.

Fares start from as low as N134,800 in Economy Class to (Dubai); N167,152 to Munbai and from N182,991 to Guangzhou. Business Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from N671,810 to Hong Kong and N557,567 to London.

Some other exciting destinations covered in this offer include Delhi, New York, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai, Bangkok, Jakarta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Johannesburg, Chicago, Kolkata among others. All fares are inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharge.

On-board, customers will enjoy specially created regional menus and a wide range of movies, TV programmes, games and music through ice, Emirates’ multi-award winning in-flight entertainment system, while being served by Emirates’ multi-lingual cabin crew from over 160 countries around the world.

Emirates’ Travelers can enjoy a raft of rewards by joining the award-winning frequent flyer programme, Skywards. The programme offers four tiers of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – with each tier providing exclusive privileges.

Members earn Skywards miles whenever they fly on Emirates and partner airlines, or when they use the programme’s designated hotels, car rentals, financial, leisure and lifestyle partners. Skywards Miles can be redeemed for an amazing range of flight, leisure and lifestyle rewards.

Launched in 2000, Emirates Skywards continues to attract new members extending its membership base to over 10 million members worldwide. For more information visit: www.emirates.com

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FAAN Boss’ Facebook Account Hacked http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/faan-boss-facebook-account-hacked/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/faan-boss-facebook-account-hacked/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:55:28 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217945 Simon Ateba

Managing Director, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma

Managing Director, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma

The Facebook account of ‎the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Saleh Dunoma, has been hacked, and the hackers are using the account to solicit for money, the ‎agency said in a statement on Thursday.

“It has come to the notice of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria that some unscrupulous persons have hacked into the Facebook account of our Managing Director, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, and are now using the channel to solicit for funds.

“This clearly violates Engr. Dunoma’s privacy and must be stopped henceforth as the laws of the land frown at it,” said Yakubu Dati FAAN spokesman.

FAAN warned the perpetrators of “this unscrupulous act to desist from it”.

“We hereby call on the general public to disregard such financial pleas from the hackers on this platform.”

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Dana Air rewards guests with iPhones http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/dana-air-rewards-guests-with-iphones/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/dana-air-rewards-guests-with-iphones/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:57:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217211 By Simon Ateba


Three loyal passengers of Dana Air have won iPhone 5s, the airline said in a statement on Thursday.

Dana said the reward is part of initiatives by the airline to consistently reward its guests. “The emergence of the winners is sequel to the recent introduction of the flydana mobile app that offers the convenience of searching, booking and paying for preferred flights while using mobile devices on the go,” said Samuel Ogbogoro, the airline spokesperson.

The winners were picked during a reward event monitored by the Consumer Protection Unit of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and anchored by Dana Ambassador, Mr. Bright Okpocha (alias Basket Mouth).

The winners are Nma Adamu, Stephen Ighomuaye and Abdulrahman Idris. Ogbogoro said Dana Air has always stimulated the market with innovative products.

“Each of our guests is a beneficiary of our simplified business solutions and our commitment is to constantly align our products to suit the demands of the flying public as well as offer periodic incentives to reward their loyalty”, said Ogbogoro.

The FlyDana App is an enhanced and innovative distribution channel that allows passengers to view flight information and availability in real-time whilst giving them the option to book and pay for flights from the comfort of their homes or on the move.

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Electrical fault responsible for fire at MMIA http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/electrical-fault-responsible-for-fire-at-mmia/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/electrical-fault-responsible-for-fire-at-mmia/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:34:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217197 FAAN MMIA

A fire incident that occurred at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos on Thursday has been traced to an electrical fault.

NAN reports that the fire started at about 11:45 a.m. on one of the floors of the terminal where the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has its offices.

The smoke from the scene caused panic in the departure hall and passengers and workers ran out of the hall for safety.

NAN correspondent at the airport reports that a FAAN fire truck with registration number P6-03 and a pick-up van with Lagos registration number FKJ-407-AS were seen at the terminal battling to put out the fire.

The situation was eventually brought under control after about an hour.

Mr Yakubu Dati, General Manager, Corporate Communication of FAAN, said in a statement that it was a “minor smoke incident”.

“There was a minor smoke incident at the departures hall of the international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 11:45am today.

“The smoke was quickly traced to the electric panel room on the second floor of the terminal by a combined team of FAAN’s electrical engineers and fire officers.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the incident was caused by a short circuit at the panel room which was quickly arrested by the engineers on duty.

“The Authority wishes to assure the traveling public and other airport users that there was no immediate danger to anyone as a result of the incident neither did it affect flight operations at the terminal.

“The Authority has directed the Directorate of Engineering and Maintenance to commence immediate investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the said short-circuiting of the cables”.

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Smokes at Lagos International Airport http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/smokes-at-lagos-international-airport/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/smokes-at-lagos-international-airport/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:46:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217176 By Simon Ateba


Smoke was sighted at Lagos International Airport on Thursday, triggering fears of a fire incident.

“There was a minor smoke incident at the departures hall of the international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 11:45am today, Thursday, November 23, 2014,” said Yakubu Dati, spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

Dati said that the smoke was quickly traced to the electric panel room on the second floor of the terminal by a combined team of FAAN’s electrical engineers and fire officers.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the incident was caused by a short circuit at the panel room which was quickly arrested by the engineers on duty,” he said.‎

He added ; “The Authority wishes to assure the traveling public and other airport users that there was no immediate danger to anyone as a result of the incident neither did it affect flight operations at the terminal.

“The Authority has directed the Directorate of Engineering and Maintenance to commence immediate investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the said short-circuiting of the cables.”

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New Kano airport terminal will boost commerce, says FAAN http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/new-kano-airport-terminal-will-boost-commerce-says-faan/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/23/new-kano-airport-terminal-will-boost-commerce-says-faan/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:03:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217149 By Simon Ateba

Saleh Dunoma

Saleh Dunoma

The construction of a new terminal at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport will boost commercial activities in Kano when completed, an official has said.

The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma, was quoted as making the statement while inspecting work at the Kano airport.

A statement released by FAAN quoted the Chinese contractors as saying that the terninal is 35 percent completed.

He added that work is going on as scheduled.

The terminal is being constructed by CCECC.

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Arik Air joins forces with Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/21/arik-air-joins-forces-with-sickle-cell-foundation-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/21/arik-air-joins-forces-with-sickle-cell-foundation-nigeria/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:18:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216934 By Simon Ateba

Arik Air

Arik Air said on Tuesday it has joined forces with the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria to combat the condition.

“The initiative is in the form of in-flight donation whereby Arik Air will support the Sickle Cell Foundation to raise monies by way of charity donations to be made by passengers on board Arik Air flights,” said Banji Ola, Arik spokesperson.

Ola said specially designed envelopes will be distributed on Arik Air’s planes to passengers to make voluntary donations.

“The monies so collected are to be turned in to the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria and utilised for the aims and objectives of the Foundation – particularly for the treatment, care and support of children with sickle cell disorder in Nigeria,” he said in a statement.

Arik Air’s Managing Director/Executive Vice President, Mr. Chris Ndulue was quoted as saying, “Arik Air is a caring airline and this explains the partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria. This is in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility and our humble way of giving back to the Nigerian society”.

The Chairman of Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, Professor Olu Akinyanju said sickle Cell is essentially an African problem and Nigeria is the country with the highest number of people with the condition in the world.

“150,000 Nigerian babies are born every year with the disorder, three quarters of whom die before their 5th birthday. We are motivated by our belief that this partnership with Arik Air would go a long way in improving the quality and duration of lives of persons affected by sickle cell disorder in Nigeria,” he said.

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Air Peace is Nigeria’s latest airline http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/21/air-peace-is-nigerias-latest-airline/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/21/air-peace-is-nigerias-latest-airline/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:26:54 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216929 By Simon Ateba

Allen Onyema, Air Peace giving a speech at the launch of the airline

Allen Onyema, Air Peace giving a speech at the launch of the airline

Air Peace, Nigeria’s latest airline, was launched on Tuesday with seven aircraft and a promise to provide comfortable and safe flights to Nigerians.

The airline would also lay the foundation for the entrenchment of peace, the development of the aviation sector and would end the level of animosity amongst operators, Barrister Allen Onyema, Air Peace Chairman and CEO said.

“The era of devilish competition and devilish envy in the aviation industry in Nigeria should remain in the past,” he said at the launch ceremony at the Lagos local airport.

He said with seven aircraft all named after his family members, the airline has gone a step further in ensuring safety by contracting one of the world’s best maintenance organisations, BT Aviation Maintenance Company in the United Kingdom.

“To ensure that nothing is left to chance, we have also equally signed a Powered By Hour (PHB) contract with the world’s biggest PHB vendors, AJ Walter of United Kingdom for supply of aircraft spares,” Onyema said.


He said Air Peace has also signed a five year contract with Canada’s Flyth Solutions incorporated for the installation of Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) on all his aircraft for flight tracking and engine trend monitoring.

“This system has already been installed to all our aircraft,” Onyema said.

In addition, he said, the airline has also contracted Flight Scape Inc of Canada in partnership with IATA for effective flight data analysis.

His main objective is to create many jobs for Nigerians and not just to make money for himself.

For now, Air Peace would fly to Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Owerri. The flight takes off from Lagos on Friday 24 October.

Onyema also announced that because of the fight against Boko Haram in the North, any Nigerian soldier who flies his airline will not pay more than 10, 000.

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Ilorin Aviation College will meet global standard http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/19/ilorin-aviation-college-will-meet-global-standard/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/19/ilorin-aviation-college-will-meet-global-standard/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:48:43 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216628 Captain AbdulMumini AbdulKareem, the Rector of llorin lnternational Aviation College, on Saturday reaffirmed the resolve of the institution to meet up with global aviation standards.

AbdulKareem gave this assurance in llorin while speaking with newsmen. He said the college was embarking on measures to meet global aviation standards in collaboration with formidable international aviation colleges across the world.

The rector said that having been adjudged as one of the leading aviation colleges in Africa, it would continue to follow the laid down standards in the industry to sustain its pedigree.

Abdulkareem said that its second stream of graduates were in the process of getting their operational licences.

He said that the first set of graduates, who have all been gainfully employed, have been a great asset to the country’s aviation industry.

L-R: Captain AbdulMumini AbdulKareem takes Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara on a tour of the College's jet

L-R: Captain AbdulMumini AbdulKareem takes Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara on a tour of the College’s jet

The rector said that the Aviation College is the only institution that boasts of an effective postgraduate course evaluation, which helped in improving on its quality of service.

Abdulkarim said that with its level of infrastructure development and availability of modern training aircraft, the college would continue to raise its rating internationally.

He said that the aviation sector was a relatively risky one, but pointed out that there were viable mitigating measures to ensure the safety of the Nigerian airspace.

The Chief Executive of the college commended the Kwara Government for its level of investment in the institution.

He called for private-public partnership to help build the capacity of Nigerian youth who had enthusiasm in the industry.

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