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Aviation lists 2013 breakthroughs

02 January 2014, 09:58Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Aviation Ministry said it had recorded milestones during the just-ended year under the auspices of the Aviation Sector Master Plan.

Also known as the Aviation Roadmap, the plan is the brainchild of Minister Stella Oduah, which officials said was in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda.

Yakubu Dati, General Manager: Communications for Aviation Parastatals, said some of these milestones include the Airport Remodeling Project, which has led to the structural transformation of many airport terminals across the country, in keeping with international standards and practices.

He said during the year, work also started on the construction of five new international airport terminals in Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Kano, Abuja and Enugu under a memorandum of understanding between the governments of Nigeria and China.

“Another significant milestone is the commencement of international flights by Ethiopian Airlines at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, on August 24, the first international flight from the south-east geopolitical zone of the country since independence.

Following the remodeling of the international terminal of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Turkish Airlines joined the list of foreign airlines operating at the airport in December.

In October, Nigeria signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with Israel in Tel Aviv for the commencement of direct flights between the two countries.

During the year, the E and D fingers of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport were expanded.

In addition, the Ministry introduced aerotropolis (airport cities) and perishable cargo export into the country’s aviation.

– CAJ News


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