Nigeria to relaunch nationwide airline 20 years after predecessor’s collapse

Nigeria will relaunch it’s nationwide airline service two decades after debt, mismanagement, and corruption grounded its predecessor.

According to Nigeria’s aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, the airline plans to take to the air earlier than planned between Lagos, Nigeria’s industrial hub, and Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Sirika and Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari have worked at relaunching a national airline since taking workplace in 2015.

The rebranded Nigeria Air was launched to the general public on the Farnborough Air Show in 2018.

However plans to launch had been suspended by the federal government two months later. No cause was given.

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s greatest airline, is the lead technical associate within the new service and the only largest shareholder, with a 49 per cent stake.

Sirika set the full worth of the proposed deal at $300mn.

The airline can be launched with three Boeing 737-800 planes and plans to personal 30 jets and function worldwide flights in two years.

The authorities will personal 5 per cent of the service, with the remaining 46 per cent going to native traders, together with Nigeria’s sovereign funding fund.

Successive governments have made an attempt to revive a nationwide airline for the reason that collapse of Nigeria Airways in 2004, with a number of iterations of a rebooted service failing to take off.

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