The process for the establishment of a new national carrier, Nigeria Air, got a boost on Wednesday with the Federal Government approving the lease of three aircraft for initial operations.
A statement Wednesday by Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation on Public Affairs James Odaudu disclosed that by this approval, the national carrier would begin operations with domestic routes deploying the aircraft to be procured from Airbus and Boeing.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sirika announced that the airline would begin with domestic routes, then expands to regional and intercontinental routes. He was not specific with the actual date for the take-off of the airline operations.
On the likely date for the commencement of operations Sirika said “We will announce commencement soon. “