This week’s update

Short updates:

  • The Nigerian Air Force inaugurated a helicopter maintenance hangar for its fleet at Lagos Airport.
  • Nigeria has successfully concluded a pilot project to change to satellite based navigation system.
  • A ring road and an additional car park will be constructed at Abuja Airport.
  • Akwa Ibom State Government has awarded a contract worth about N12 billion for the construction of a taxiway at Uyo Airport.
  • Delta State Government has approved a N7.4 billion contract for the demolition of hills surrounding Asaba Airport to allow for bigger aircraft to land. The airport has still to pass the necessary safety audits.
  • Kebbi State Government has disclosed that it will upgrade the Ambursa Airstrip to an international airport.
  • Nasarawa State approved a N1 billion budget to carry forward with plans to build an cargo airport at Kwandere, near the state capital Lafia.
  • A nice report on the numerous unused state airports in Nigeria can be found here, but it seems that Zamfara State and Ogun State abandoned plans to construct cargo airports.
  • The Nigerian-owned Challenger 300 (ex 3B-SSD) has been repainted and is now registered VQ-BMJ. Officially, the aircraft is owned by Churchill Finance Services, but it was put up for sale in 2012.
  • Air Nigeria signed a deal with EgyptAir to train its A330 crews, so it seems the airline is still planning to introduce two A330-200s to its fleet this year.
  • The January 2012 Nigeria Aviation Fact Sheet of the US Embassy in Nigeria.
  • The NCAA has published its Passengers’s Bill of Rights aimed at protecting airline customers in Nigeria.
  • Reportedly, Prince Arthur Ikpechukwu Eze acquired a second GIV (M-PZPZ); he already owns 5N-PZE.
Expansion work at Yola Airport, March 2012 (copyright NAN)

Expansion work at Yola Airport, March 2012 (copyright NAN)

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