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Government seeks partners to revive national carrier

04 July 2013, 14:04

Lagos - Nigeria, which has set aside US$500 million to revive its national airline, is seeking international technical partners to achieve this objective.

The country aims to revive Nigerian Airways before the end of the year.

Although he declined to confirm reports leading airlines had snubbed government, Ministry of Aviation spokesperson, Joe Obi, confirmed that the ministry has held discussions with Dublin-based Ryan Air of Ireland over a possible partnership plan.

"We are talking with a lot of local and foreign airlines that we can make our technical partners. What is obvious is that we need a technical partner to make the national carrier a well-run airline," he said.

German airliner, Lufthansa, and French company, AirFrance, have reportedly rejected the country's offer for partnership due to so-called inconsistent government policies in the aviation sector.

Both airlines according to reports, feared that a cabinet reshuffle might bring a new Minister who might cancel any arrangements.

Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, had earlier said the funding and ownership for the new airline would be different from the defunct Nigeria Airways, which was wholly owned by the government until its demise nine years ago.

 - CAJ News


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