Sirika Assures Nigerians that New national carrier to take off first quarter 2022
Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, says the new national carrier will commence operation in the first quarter of 2022.
Sirika disclosed this when he spoke to state house correspondents after Wednesday’s federal executive council meeting in Abuja.
In 2018, the minister unveiled Nigeria Air’s name and logo at the Farnborough International Airshow in London. The project has since been suspended indefinitely.
“I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim. All commitments due will be honoured. We thank the public for the support as always,”
he had tweeted.
Sirika said the new national carrier is long overdue and the private sector-run airline will be in operation by early 2022, with possibly cheaper rates.
The new national carrier is expected to eventually become a viable airline capable of serving millions of travellers throughout Nigeria and Africa.
According to Sirika, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the delay of the planned date for the establishment of the national carrier. It was initially planned for the end of 2021.
It was further stated that the Ministry would submit a memo to the council in two weeks including an outline business case for council approval.
Sirika also announced that a contract for the procurement of a towable mobile office for the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) of the Civil Aviation Authority had been approved.
“The contract is for the procurement, equipment and installation of accident investigation towable mobile offices in favour of Messrs. Crases Integrity Services Limited. The total contract sum is N201,150,437.21,” he said.
“The purpose of this equipment, once purchased, if there is, God forbid, an accident anywhere, these mobile offices will be driven to the location and an office will be established for the purposes of taking data, collecting samples and gathering information regarding the incident and then analysing them on-site and tagging them and doing all sorts of things there and you know, this can take any time, sometimes a few hours, sometimes even weeks.”