The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted flight its ban on Nigerian travellers with effect from Thursday August 5 five months after imposing the ban.
Emirates airlines announced on its website that the UAE authorities have announced that effective 5 August 2021, eligible travellers from Nigeria and 10 other countries will be allowed to travel to/through the UAE.
The countries are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam, South Africa, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Emirates in the short notice said, “We will publish details of the latest protocols and requirements on our travel requirements page, as soon as these are available.”
The ban has been in place since March this year with scheduled flights between Nigeria and the UAE stopped following a diplomatic row over Covid-19 protocols.
While the Federal Government stipulates negative PCR test as a requirement for travellers to Dubai, the UAE further imposed rapid antigen test as another condition for visitors to Dubai which the Nigerian government rejected and on the basis of which it banned the UAE flag carrier, Emirates, from coming to Nigeria.
Though, the ban was lifted, Emirates, on the instruction of the UAE government suspended flights to Nigeria.
The Lagos-Dubai and Abuja-Dubai routes are some of the most lucrative routes for airlines. Also travel agencies make fortunes from ticket sales on the routes.
FAAN enlists undercover operatives to curb Airport extortion
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is combating extortion by deploying covert personnel across all international airports.
MD, Kabir Yusuf Mohammed underscored the mystery staff’s role in observing and reporting staff activities. This move aims to address the tarnished image of Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
During a sensitisation program on ACI Airport Service Quality Initiative, Mohammed expressed dissatisfaction and warned of disciplinary action this festive season.
He challenged government agency representatives to excel in their duties, emphasising surveillance cameras’ omnipresence.
Mohammed asserted that FAAN will no longer tolerate misconduct, urging airport workers to enhance the country’s reputation through courtesy and respect.
Emphasising inter-agency collaboration, he encouraged synergy to avoid negative perceptions, fostering an open dialogue during the interactive session for constructive suggestions.
SAHCO wins contract to provide ground handling services to Rano Airlines
By Seun Ibiyemi
Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc, has won the contract of providing Passenger, Baggage and Ramp Handling services to Rano Airlines at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
SAHCO will be handling four flights a day in Abuja daily. Rano Air is a licensed Airline, incorporated in 2019 with aims to make domestic and international travel management more personalized and seamless, their hub is in Abuja.
Rano Air Head of Ground Operations, Bashir Abdullahi, said Rano Air is happy to sign the contract with SAHCO. He emphasised that SAHCO was chosen over competitors because the Ground Handling Company has proven to be the best in Ground Handling in the country.
SAHCO is the only Ground Handling Company in Nigeria that is in all the commercially operated Airports in Nigeria. This feat and quality of service has enabled SAHCO to attract and retain confidence of both existing and new airlines due to the seamless, safe and speedy service delivery which SAHCO is known for.
In recent times, many foreign airlines have moved their aviation ground handling operations to SAHCO to enjoy being handled by a dependable and devoted workforce who are well trained and whose integrity is undoubtable, delivering their activities in line with global best practices.
Also, SAHCO has invested in modern aviation ground support equipment (GSE) which operates on alternative power sources and are rugged to enable effective maneuvering in the Nigerian terrain. These GSEs are also equipped with the technology to guarantee zero carbon emission to ensure the commitment of SAHCO to protecting the environment.
Among these is the first ever Cool Dollies which are used to convey temperature sensitive shipment from the aircraft to the warehouse to ensure that the shipments are not denatured.
Despite operating in a challenging industry, SAHCO ensures that the focus is to confirm operational excellence which has helped in the handling of an array of aviation clients that enjoy customer specific services that are unique to them.
Recently, SAHCO won Uganda Airlines Ground Handling Contract. Ugandan Airlines is the flag carrier of the Republic of Uganda and is flying from Entebbe International Airport in Uganda thrice a week to Lagos, Nigeria.
Some of its clients include Aero Contractors, African World Airways, Air Cote D’Ivoire, Arik Air, Allied Air, Air Peace, Badr Airlines, Bristol Helicopters, British Airlines, Camair-Co, Caverton Helicopters, Dana Air, DHL Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Execujets, Green Africa Airlines, Ilbom Air, Inter Air, KLM, Air France ,Max Air, Middle East Airlines, Overland Airways, South African Airways, TAAG Angola, Tarco Airlines, Uganda Airlines, United Airlines, United Nigeria Airlines, XE Jet, Value Jet, Virgin Atlantic Cargo.
Since aviation is all about safety, SAHCO has ensured that the organisation is RA3 certified, ISAGO certified and I1SO,9001 certified. It is worthy to note that SAHCO is also the recipient of numerous awards both locally and internationally due to its quality service delivery in aviation ground handling operations in Nigeria.
WIA honours Dana Air as Airline wins CSR award
Dana Air has been honoured by the Women in Aviation for celebrating 15 years in Nigeria’s Aviation Industry at the Annual Conference of Women in Aviation Nigeria Chapter held recently in Kano.
According to the President of Women in Aviation Nigeria, Rejoice Ndudinachi, “this year’s conference is themed: Connect, Engage, Inspire, and the highlight is presentation of awards to persons and organisations who have distinguished themselves in the society.”
Similarly, Dana Air has bagged the Corporate Social Responsibility airline of the year Award 2023 at the City Business News Summit 2023, held recently in Lagos at Oriental Hotels.
Speaking on the double honours, Dana Air’s Chief Operating Officer, Ememobong Ettete, said, “Dana Air is committed to the theme of this year’s WIA conference as always and this is a well-deserved recognition for us and it just goes to show that people see and appreciate the little things we do to support not just our dear country but communities, youths, the women in aviation, our industry and even the entertainment industry.”
“As a responsible corporate citizen, we remain committed to supporting worthy causes across the country and contributing to her growth and development as we have no other option than to build our country and see it achieve its full potential,” he added.
Having flown over 36 million passengers in the last 15 years of its operation, Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a mixed fleet of Boeing aircraft and daily flights to major cities in Nigeria.
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