Fifteen years after the closure of Nigeria Airways, the Federal Government has relaunched a national carrier named 'Nigeria Air'.
Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, unveiled the National carrier on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.
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“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 Nigeria Air out of more than a thousand considered.” He said.
The Minister also added that government is talking to Airbus and Boeing regarding the aircraft for the National Carrier and will soon announce the negotiations.
“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.”