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FG announces rebirth of National Carrier “Nigeria Air”



FG announces rebirth of National Carrier "Nigeria Air" | BellaNaija

The Federal Government has announced the rebirth of the country’s national carrier, this time called Nigeria Air.

The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika made the announcement at the Farnborough Airshow 2018.

Sirika revealed that the airline will be private sector-led and driven and the government will not be involved in its running.

The government will not own more than 5%, he revealed, and they have been talking to both Airbus and Boeing regarding the provision of aircraft.

He added that 81 routes – domestic, regional and international – have been identified for now, out of more than 1000 considered.

He also revealed that operations will begin December 2018. According to the federal government, Sirika said:

This is an important day for Nigeria. Largest economy in Africa, largest population, GDP of around half a billion dollars, and the only true aviation player in West and Central Africa.

Nigeria has unfortunately not been a serious player in Aviation for a long time. We used to be a dominant player, through Nigeria Airways, but sadly not anymore.

This will be a National Carrier that is Private sector led and driven. It is a business, not a social service. Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this.

The Nigerian Government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new National Carrier. Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it.

81 routes (domestic, regional and international) identified for now, for #NigeriaAir, out of more than a thousand considered.

We want to use this new private-sector-led airline to make a statement that, ‘Yes, Nigeria can do it!’ and we also want to promote our cultures and traditions. It will also create economic opportunities and jobs.

We’ve been talking to Airbus and Boeing (and they’re present at this event) regarding the aircraft for #NigeriaAir, and we will be making announcements very soon. We are currently negotiating.

New terminals in Lagos and Abuja Airports will add 11 million passenger capacity in each of the two airports. Lagos currently does 8 million per annum (was built in 1979 for 200,000 passengers annually), while Abuja does 5 million.

#NigeriaAir is scheduled to commence operations in December 2018.


  1. Physio Tinu

    July 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Pipe dream. I really really want to believe this would succeed but sadly in Nigeria, the only thing we learn from history is that men don’t learn from history. Wasn’t a similar press statement issued by the Obasanjo administration about 10 years ago?

  2. Joy E. Ojo

    July 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    NIGERIA AIR-WASTE YOU MEAN. I remember in secondary school in Maiduguri, how students would have to sleep at the airport for days waiting for Nigeria Airways. You will hear parents shouting at the Lagos airport, ” This should be Nigeria Air-waste and not Nigeria Airways”.

    • Agu

      July 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      You sound ungrateful

  3. Razz N Bougie

    July 18, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t see how this a priority right now unless they are going to the farm the whole thing out to private investors in return for IMMEDIATE inward flow of money into the FG’s coffers

    • BlueEyed

      July 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      This development was welcomed because it will look good on this administration, the reality is it will be private sector led and driven, Nigeria is definitely not remotely near ready to operate a flag carrier successfully. This is just a government named carrier but it’s basically a business venture.

  4. Ada

    July 18, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    This is not the right time. Nigeria has more pressing issues to address. An airline that the government will only own 5% is not a national airline in my opinion, if the other investors will control it how will the government ensure that it is not run down?

  5. Laila

    July 18, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Too much negative energy. God help Nigeria!

  6. A.D.A.

    July 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    That logo looks like a first year business school project proposal to be honest. I find it hard to believe that they intend to start operating routes in December but in July are still ‘talking to Boeing and Airbus’. We’ll see.

  7. John

    July 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    i love the fact that govt owns just 5% share of this industry.

  8. carlos

    July 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Looking for an achievement three (3) years after

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