This week’s update
- An interesting analysis of the aviation markets in Nigeria and Ghana. This is also a good commentary on the state of Nigerian aviation.
- The Nigerian Senate has ordered Lufthansa to pay N2.19 billion, being the amount of royalty accrued to the Federal Government from its flight operations from 2009 to October 2011.
- The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has called for an investigation by the EFCC into FAAN’s financial management.
- The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) may request assistance from the EFCC to recover about N22 billion in debts, owed by past and present domestic airlines.
- Harold Demuren has been reappointed as Director General of the NCAA.
- There were bomb scares at Lagos and Abuja Airports this week.
- Lagos State Government has commenced work on the development on the Lekki-Epe International Airport.
- Bayelsa State inaugurated an Airport Development Committee to speed up the construction of an airport in the state.
- The governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, allegedly acquired a helicopter for himself. The governor already owns two light aircraft and plans to a construct an airstrip near his home village. Meanwhile, the Taraba State Government will soon launch a commercial airline, Air Taraba will have Jalingo Airport as its home base.
- SkyBird Air – a Dornier 328Jet operator – is still awaiting its AOC to commence operations. The airline is apparently owned by a former governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, of Borno State.
- A Dana Air aircraft (5N-SRI) coming from Uyo made an emergency landing at Lagos Airport on 10 May 2012, following a ‘loss of hydraulic pressure’.
- The Air Expo organised by the Nigerian Air Force to mark its 48th anniversary will start next week, 15 May 2012, at Kaduna Air Force Base.
- The Nigerian Navy plans to establish a Naval Aviation Training School in Ilorin Airport, Kwara State.