Nigeria Air: Too Early for Take-off?
A few days ago, the Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, unveiled a new national carrier for Nigeria at the Farnborough show in the Uk. The airline is supposed to commence operations in December 2018.
Sirika expressed that the national carrier will be fully private sector led and driven. This means that there will be no government intervention in how it is managed; the investors will be fully responsible for this. Also, the Nigerian government will not own more than 5% of the new national carrier. Although investors have not been confirmed, there have been reports suggesting that Nigeria intends to partner with Ethiopian Airways to oversee its operations.
A “national carrier” is locally registered, flies the country’s flag and gets preferential rights in international operations.