Aviation: Keyamo Unveil FG’s Roadmap On Resumption Of Flight To UAE


The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo has said that the federal government is working out details on resumption of flights from Nigeria to the United Arabs Emirates, (UAE).

Speaking on Thursday during the Aviation Africa, Summit holding in Abuja, Keyamo said when two countries agree at the very top level, then all the government operatives will begin to work out the tiny details.

“So, we are beginning to work out all the tiny details. I have met with Emirate before I left UAE, and we are working out the details. We cannot say the time frame. Kicking off an airline operation again on a route, does not mean you will go and grab one empty plane sitting in a place.

“There is no idle plane sitting anywhere, they have to reschedule their flights and restart their routes again. All kinds of permission will be taken from local authorities and of course, I made the point in speaking with them and I made it clear that they will have to give our airlines reciprocal rights under our Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASAs).

“That is the point I insisted on, and they did say that any spot we need, they will give us too as much as we give them those spots within Nigeria,” the minister explained.

He also explained that the government is doing all it can to make sure that foreign airlines are able to repatriate all of their trapped funds.

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Keyamo assured that the airlines will be paid off, adding that the monies are not loans but trapped funds as a result of liquidity issues.