"Nigerian Airlines To Fly To US & South American Routes" - Minister Of Aviation, Festus Keyamo

Date: 16-06-2024 5:34 am (1 month ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated measures to empower local airlines with direct access to international routes, particularly to the United States and South America. This announcement was made by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, during an interview on YouTube with O’tega Ogra, titled “Unfiltered: The Big Interview.”

Keyamo highlighted the ongoing efforts to bolster Nigeria’s aviation sector by negotiating Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA) with other sovereign states. "BASA are negotiated between different sovereigns. It is when you get your BASA and reciprocal rights that you can give them to local operators and ensure they are enforced as per the foreign entities," he explained. These agreements are crucial for enabling Nigerian airlines to operate international flights, providing competition that can help lower ticket prices.

In March, Air Peace launched its Lagos-London flight services, setting a precedent for more local airlines to enter international markets. Keyamo noted that British Airways had long enjoyed monopoly over certain routes, leading to exorbitant ticket prices. "Nigerians were buying tickets for as much as N15m to N16m for business class. This was an issue we could resolve by enforcing BASA, leading to Air Peace commencing flights on those routes and ticket prices subsequently dipping," he said.

The minister revealed that plans are in place to expand direct flight operations to the US and South America. “We are looking at the American routes and the South American routes. Nobody is flying to South America at all now, but something is in the offing to start that route,” he added.

Keyamo emphasized that merely securing routes is not enough; enhancing the capacity of local airlines to service these routes is also a priority. He pointed out that global airlines typically lease, rather than buy, their fleets. “No airline in the world buys its fleet 100 percent. They lease. Ensuring that our airlines can access aircraft in the same way will enhance their capacity to service international routes,” he stated.

This strategic move aims to not only boost the operations of Nigerian airlines but also ensure they can compete effectively on the global stage, thereby driving down costs and improving service quality for Nigerian travelers.

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