Asky Airlines will adjust its network and operate the following routes via Lagos per 16 January 2011:
Lome – Lagos – Kinshasa – Libreville – Lome: 3 weekly round-trip
ET040 LFW1415 – 1600LOS1645 – 1915FIH2000 – 2145LBV2230 – 2330LFW B737 137
ET041 LFW0230 – 0530LBV0615 – 0800FIH0830 – 1100LOS1130 – 1115LFW B737 125
Lome – Lagos – Yaounde – Bangui – Cotonou – Lome: 4 weekly round-trip
ET042 LFW1330 – 1530LOS1615 – 1750NSI1835 – 2000BGF2045 – 2330COO0015+1 – 2359LFW DH4 25
ET043 LFW0100 – 0245COO0315 – 0615BGF0650 – 0815NSI0900 – 1045LOS1130 – 1130LFW DH4 36
The new routing replaces the current service to N’Djamena and Douala.
The Nigerian airlines have not yet received any government support through the N500 billion bailout fund, which was allocated earlier this year. The reason for the delay is a dispute between the Ministry of Aviation, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority over which agency should be responsible for the distribution of the funds.
Chanchangi Airlines resumed flights from Lagos to Port Harcourt and also announced the resumption of the Lagos-Kaduna route. No flight schedules have been published online though. The airline already operates Lagos-Abuja flights with two B733s (JY-JAD and JY-JAO) wet-leased from Jordan Aviation.
Air Nigeria started daily flights from Lagos and Abuja to Enugu on the 20th of December, 2010. Here is the schedule:
- LOS-ENU VK111 07:15-08:35
- ENU-LOS VK110 12:00-13:20
- ENU-ABV VK111 09:10-10:00
- ABV-ENU VK110 10:35-11:25
The airline also adopted the National Mirror as an in-flight newspaper onboard all its flights.
A few updates:
- Air Nigeria announced it will also commence flights to Enugu in the coming weeks.
- Delta Air Lines and Air Nigeria applied with the DOT to extend their code share alliance.
- Arik Air and TAAG Angola concluded an agreement to start a four weekly Lagos-Port Harcourt-Luanda service in 2011.
- Continental Airlines will start the Houston-Lagos route with a B777 instead of a B787 in November 2011.
Arik Air will re-start operations to Enugu Airport per 17th of December, 2010. The daily Lagos-Enugu-Abuja-Enugu-Lagos flight will be operated with a B737-700, according to the following schedule:
- LOS-ENU W3231 07:10-08:20
- ENU-LOS W3234 11:50-13:00
- ABV-ENU W3233 10:30-11:20
- ENU-ABV W3232 08:50-09:50
Two aircraft made an emergency landing this week:
- On Wednesday an unidentified Air Nigeria aircraft on route from Lagos to Abuja developed technical problems and experienced a loss of cabin pressure. The aircraft returned safely to Lagos Airport.
- A Tampico TB-9 training aircraft belonging to NCAT made an emergency landing at Kano Airport on the same day.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has decided to lower the maximum age of aircraft in its airspace from 22 to 20 years. According to Aviation minister Fidelia Njeze:
we have an existing policy on the age of aircraft. Any aircrafts that will be imported into the country must not be more than 20 years old, and we have maintained that policy. None of the aircraft in our air space is above 20 years old.
If the new rule is really applied as suggested, it will affect most of the major airlines, including Arik Air, Dana Air, Aero, IRS Airlines and Overland, as well as the charter operators Kabo Air and MaxAir.
During the Middle East business air show, MEBA, in Dubai, 328 Support Services of Germany will present its latest Dornier 328JET VIP conversion, the new 328DBJ. Three of these Dorniers are destined for a Nigerian charter operator called SkyBird Air, which recently applied for an AOC.
Update: 328 Support Services GmbH has handed over the first of three Dornier 328 jet conversions to Nigerian airline SkyBird Air. The airline, which is the first African customer for 328SSG, accepted the converted 32-seat passenger airliner at the end of February. The conversion and maintenance order, which is worth 14 million Euros in total, will see one airliner conversion and a further two 328DBJ TM s VIP aircraft added to their fleet this year. The newly converted airliner is due to be delivered to Nigeria for the airline’s inaugural operations in May, whilst the VIP models will follow in late summer 2011.
Just before the busy yuletide, the Nigerian airlines have raised their domestic fares. The price of a ticket for a one hour flight is increased from 18,000 Naira (US$120) to 20,000 Naira (US$133). According to a spokesman of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) the increase is only an adjustment due to increased operational costs.
Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, will be re-opened for daylight operations on December 16th, 2010. The first phase of the rehabilitation project is completed, it involved the asphalting, expansion and extension of the runway length from 2,400 to 3,000 metres and the extension of the width from 45 to 60 metres. The second phase of the project includes the construction of a new taxiway, the extension of the existing apron, and the installation of Category II airfield lighting system (AFL), and will be completed by mid-2011.
Update: Arik Air is the first airline to announce a resumption of flights to Enugu.
The opening of Asaba Airport is further delayed and the airport in Delta State will not open its doors in 2010. A test flight was made at the airport in mid-November, but the project is now more than a year behind schedule and beset with negative news reports. A protest of sub-contractors over non-payment by the main contractor ULO Constructions turned violent in October for instance. It is also worrisome that the projected cost of the airport is suddenly raised from N7 Billion to N40 Billion by the State Government and the contractor.
Air Nigeria announced it will increase its number of daily flights from Lagos to Port Harcourt from three to five by December 15, 2010. Also a new twice daily Abuja-Port Harcourt service will be introduced on the same date.
Royal Jordanian is considering opening a service to Lagos, Nigeria, in 2011. The airline already flies to Khartoum in Sudan, Tripoli in Libya and Tunis in Tunisia and Cairo, Alexandria and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, but Nigeria will be its first expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa.