Domestic airline operators under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), have commended Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, ‘for suspending every activity related to the operationalisation of Nigeria Air. The operators said that by the action, the minister has displayed rare courage and great patriotism to save Nigeria from further embarrassment in the aviation world.
A statement by the spokesman of AON Obiora Okonkwo said aside from stakeholders in the aviation industry, it was evident to everyone who had followed developments around the Nigeria Air project under the immediate past administration that the idea was not only ill-thought-out but also lacked any modicum of transparency.
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The AON said it continues to believe that it is not right to float a national carrier on the terms set out by the last Aviation Minister, which would undermine, even destroy, the aviation sector in Nigeria with Ethiopian Airlines waiting on the wings for total takeover. While announcing the suspension of the project and airport concession yesterday at Lagos airport, Keyamo said, there are issues with concession and other projects, so he has to suspend all the projects, including the issue of Nigeria Air.