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The Federal Executive Council has approved the leasing of three aircraft by the country’s national carrier, called ‘Nigeria Air’ to enable it to commence operations on a date to be announced soon by the government.

Aviation minister Hadi Sirika announced this while briefing journalists at the end of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting.

“We have said in our outline business case, which was earlier approved, that we are starting with three aircraft for the first instance and then we progress. We will have a mixture of Airbus and Boeings because every airline that will grow big uses the two,” he said.

Mr Sirika said Nigeria Air will start with domestic flights before expanding to international routes.

“We will start with domestic flights and then we grow to become international and then we move to become regional and intercontinental. There are challenges currently in our aviation industry but it is a global phenomenon and it will not last forever because aviation is a very resilient sector. Certainly, we will overcome these problems,” he added.

Many Nigerians are suspicious of the plan to launch a National carrier, partly with public funds, at a time the government can no longer fund its essential operations.

The Nigerian government, between January and April, spent more money to service its debts that its total earnings for the period.

However, the government has said the national carrier will be largely private sector driven.

On Wednesday, the FEC also approved N707. 9 million for the procurement of investigation tools for Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

The AIB investigates accidents involving aircraft across Nigeria.

Via Premium Times

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