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Forex Scarcity Forces Foreign Airlines To Relocate

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Foreign airlines operating
in Nigeria have relocated their ticketing offices to Ghana as a result of inability of the federal government to release enough foreign exchange through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to these foreign airlines.
In a telephone chat with the aviation correspondent of The Tide yesterday morning, the President of National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), Eastern Zone, Mr Steve Isokariari confirmed this recent development in the aviation industry in the country.
Isokariari who also doubles as board member of NANTA at the national level absolved the foreign airlines of any likely blame for their relocation, stating that it was for this and other issues affecting the aviation industry in Africa in general the reason he is in a meeting in South Africa with other Africans, Ghanians inclusive, to resolve this matter.
The airlines in the forefront that have moved their ticketing base out of Nigeria are United and Delta Airlines and British Airways inclusive of Virgin Atlantic.
What this means, according to an anonymous source, is that intending travellers to the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) on these airlines now have to get their tickets through sales outlets in Ghana where the airlines now consider profitable for business.
Iberia, Spanish national carrier, would suspend its Lagos – Madrid operation from May 12, 2016. There is no doubt that this will lead to a rise in air fares on some foreign routes consequent upon this decision by some foreign airlines to relocate their ticketing and sales offices to Ghana.
With this development, it has not been an exciting experience for travellers who now have to pay more buying tickets in Ghana, sometimes more than 30 per cent the cost of air tickets they would have bought in Nigeria. However, further investigation reveals that Virgin had some seats reserved mostly for its first class and business class passengers.
Following this development, airlines operators say it is not only the air travellers who bear the pains Nigerian travel agents are also badly affected because their revenues have nose-dived in recent times as a result some foreign airlines refused to sell tickets through these agents or directly in their Nigerian offices.
Meanwhile, a local carrier, Medview Airlines that flies the Lagos – London route appears the greatest beneficiary of the on-going crises as it has experienced increase in passenger patronage on the London route. High cost of tickets on the American and European carriers which have relocated to Ghana has compelled most passengers flying to London to patronize Medview.
The reason for this crisis is the decision to halt further financial transactions in Nigeria by some foreign airlines due to some difficulties they had experienced in the last 10 months with the repatriation of funds or income made in Nigeria to their parent companies or overseas accounts due largely to foreign currency scarcity.

 

Okwein George Parker

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COVID-19: Arik Airline Sacks 300 Staff

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At least 300 staff of Arik Air have been relieved of their appointments by the airline’s management.

This was announced in a statement by the airline on Friday.
It blamed the sacking on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
The press statement was titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”.
The company explained that a redundancy package would be provided for the affected workers with the help of the aviation unions.
The statement read in part, “Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.
“The leadership of the impacted unions has been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”
The airline added that over 50 per cent of its workforce of over 1,600 staff have been on furlough in the past six months.
In a separate statement also forwarded to our correspondent by its Public Relations and Communications Manager, Banji Ola, the airline apologised to passengers whose travel plans were disrupted by the protest carried out by the National Union of Air Transport Employees on December 3, 2020.
The picketing disrupted operations in Lagos and prevented the airline from processing passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Domestic Terminal 1 and 2.

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S’East Leaders Laud FG Over EndSARS

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South-East leaders on Saturday, lauded the Federal Government on the matured and responsive manner it handled all issues relating to the EndSARS protest and agitation.
The leaders of the zone, which included Governors, Senators, House of Representatives members as well as traditional, religious and youth leaders, gave the commendation in a communiqué issued after their meeting with a Presidential delegation in Enugu.
The presidential delegation was led by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who is the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We thank President Buhari for the speed and restraint with which he handled the EndSARS protest, which has engendered peace throughout the country, especially the South-East.
“We, therefore, request the President to look into demands of various groups and youths with a view to resolving them,’’ the statement, which was read by the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor Dave Umehi, said.
It also called for joint operation by security agencies and local vigilant groups into all forests in the zone to flush out criminals and killer herdsmen with AK47 rifles.
“But we pledge our commitment to continuous coexistence with peaceful herdsmen who have been living peacefully with us.
“We stand for an indivisible and united Nigeria, built on love, fairness, equity and justice. We believe that under this platform – NIGERIA; we are bigger and stronger,’’ it said.
It also called on the Federal Government to continue its support and diplomatic push for the former Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to be elected as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The statement thanked the Federal Government for the timely interventions in Akanu Ibiam International Airport rehabilitation as well as intervention in road infrastructures in the zone.
“We are grateful for the attention given to the second Niger Bridge and completion and inauguration of the Zik’s mausoleum.
“However, we urge the Federal Government to give attention to the completion of the current road projects within the zone,’’ it said.
The statement said that the states in the zone will provide money for the compensation for those affected by the EndSARS protest, help to rebuild police stations and their logistics; while engaging the youths constantly to forestall any violent development in the zone.
“We have plans to set up various empowerment programmes to gainfully engage the youths. The governors also plan to mainstream the youths in their governance to give them a sense of belonging.

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Minister Hails Meeting With S’East Leaders

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described as “extremely fruitful” the meeting which a presidential team had with leaders and stakeholders of the South-East.
“The meeting of the presidential delegation with South-East leaders was very useful,’’ Mohammed told journalists on Sunday in Enugu.
The delegation, led by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, met for more than eight hours in Enugu with selected South-East leaders.
Mohammed said that it was quite instructive that all the groups which took part in the meeting believed in the unity and oneness of the country, pointing out that they clearly spelt out this in their presentations.
“We listened clearly and carefully to all the positions and demands and we are going back to report directly to President Buhari,’’ the minister said.
He noted that the Federal Government had been spreading development and infrastructure to all parts of the country, simultaneously and equitably.
“We want the South-East people to be confident that the Federal Government is spreading development and infrastructure to all parts of the country equitably and will never marginalise any zone in the ongoing development and infrastructure agenda.
“This is what I want to assure Nigerians living in the South-East,’’ Mohammed noted.
According to the minister, when the team gets back to Abuja it will see what can be done immediately concerning some of the positions and demands made by the South-East leaders.
The presidential delegation met with South-East governors, statesmen, elders, religious and traditional leaders, as well as market women and youth leaders.

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