ICRC announces that Nigeria Air will begin operations in 2023, six cargo terminals will be established
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has announced that Nigerian Air is to begin operations before the end of President Buhari’s administration. He also added that the FG plans to launch six cargo agro-airports in the six geopolitical zones.
This was revealed by the Acting Director General of the ICRC, Mr. Michael Ohiani, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
He added that further presidential approval has been granted to expedite the process and that the Commission is working closely with the Ministry of Aviation.
What the ICRC says
The head of the ICRC said: “I want to assure the Nigerian public that we are working around the clock to get it up and running. We work with the Ministry of Aviation and we have just obtained presidential approval.
“We will have the concessionaire, once we get the concessionaire, which is a major step, the issue of operations will follow now.
“I can assure you that before the end of this administration, Air Nigeria will start flying,” he said.
He also said that the FG is concluding plans to establish six cargo agro-airports in the six geopolitical zones.
He added that the cargo airports, still in the development phase, are part of the current administration’s commitment to boost agriculture, adding that the airport would boost the movement of products in and out. outside of Nigeria.
On the presidential aviation roadmap, he said FG was working on the concession of terminal operations at the four international airports, indicating that the ICRC was currently buying companies that would operate the terminals.
“Apart from that, we have what we call MRO, which is the development of maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
“As we speak, an investor has emerged in this regard and so we are trying to finalize.
“We also have the creation of the company Aviation Leasing.
“Experience has shown that for you to have a sustainable aviation industry, you need to have a leasing company so that operators can easily acquire fleets of aircraft,” he said.
What you should know
Nairametrics reported last year that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved April 2022 as the start date for operations of the country’s flag carrier, Nigeria Air.
Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika revealed that 49% of the Nigeria Air project will be owned by strategic partners and 46% by Nigerians, while the Federal Government will own 5% of the shares.