This week’s update
- Arik Air took the blame for the incident at Jos Airport last week, when one of its B737s clipped wings with a Nigerian Air Force aircraft.
- President Goodluck Jonathan announced that the Federal Government is close to setting up ‘a new national carrier largely driven by the private sector but with substantial public ownership’. His administration is working towards the construction of a Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) hangar too.
- The Federal Government also considers to make the International Airline Transport Association Safety Audit (IOSA) mandatory for Nigerian airlines.
- The National Assembly has proposed a ban on aircraft older than twenty years in Nigeria, but the Minister of Aviation seeks to limit the age of aircraft to fifteen years. A ban on aircraft older than twenty years was already announced by the Federal Government in 2010.
- Fire destroyed one of the gates of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Thursday, 19 April 2012.
- The Federal Government has approved Atlas Jet and KS Travel/Empire Aviation as carriers for this year’s Christian pilgrimage.