The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has has assured Nigerians that the much awaite dNational Carrier, Nigeria Air, will begin flight operations before May 29, 2023.

Sirika gave made this known Thursday during the National Aviation Stakeholders Forum in Abuja.

He said the Federal Government is taking necessary measures to overcome the hurdles introduced by the indigenous airlines that went to court to stop the process.

The minister described as unfair the action of the local airlines, adding that the Buhari government had supported local airlines more than all previous governments.

He accused them of constituting a stumbling block to the actualisation of the national carrier which will impact new jobs and better opportunities in the industry.

He said the Nigerian Aviation industry is the only one in the world where qualified pilots are without jobs.

He said 50 pilots had come to him complaining about their unemployment status, adding that the national carrier should be able to employ more pilots and create other job opportunities.

He assured stakeholders of the competence of Ethiopian Airlines, to make the national carrier profitable enough to add value to the Nigerian aviation sector and the economy in general.


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