Flight crews planning trips to Nigeria are being urged to verify fuel availability at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (DNAA) and at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (DNMM). On July 24 both airports were reported to be extremely short of jet-A. The reason for the shortage has not been identified, nor has the date when supplies might return to normal.
Business aviation traffic at Lagos International Airport has increased almost three-fold over the past couple of years, according to Evergreen Apple Nigeria, which opened the west African country’s first purpose-built FBO in 2011. According to managing director and CEO Segun Demuren, average monthly movements numbered 82 in 2011, but that number this year stands at 220. Now the company competes with ExecuJet Aviation, which opened its own facility at the airport last year.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) has been selected by Sharjah, UAE-based aviation business services firm Avjet Routing as its preferred ground handler in Nigeria, with principal services being provided at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The agreement, which was ratified last month, means that all private and business aviation traffic from Avjet Routing passing through Lagos will be handled exclusively by Evergreen Apple Nigeria.
New en route air traffic control radar for the Nigerian flight information region should be operational by April 12, according to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). A NAMA spokesman said a considerable number of air traffic controllers have already been trained in preparation for the new Lagos and Kano sectors opening for live traffic. The implementation of new voice communications has also been completed at 13 airports in Nigeria.
ExecuJet Nigeria in Lagos has been named a Bombardier Aerospace line maintenance facility. The designation includes the Challenger 300, Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Global 5000, Global 6000, Global Express and Global Express XRS. The facility will complement ExecuJet’s center in Lanseria, South Africa, which has been part of Bombardier’s authorized service facility network since 2002.
ExecuJet has been providing maintenance services for business aviation in Lagos for the last year and for more than 10 years at its Lanseria International Airport location in Johannesburg.
Business aircraft movements at Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria have more than doubled from a year ago to an average of 15 daily movements. Flights arriving at the African FBO are predominantly coming from Europe as business executives enter Nigeria. Arrivals from the Middle East are also increasing, it added. Driving the growth is expansion of the oil and gas energy industries, which have attracted renewed interest from European companies.
ExecuJet Africa will open a new FBO at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 1, the company announced today. From this base, ExecuJet Africa plans to offer a comprehensive range of services, including business aircraft maintenance, FBO/handling, charter and management services. The 24-hour FBO will offer ground support equipment, a VIP lounge and crew areas.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN), the first private FBO facility in Nigeria, is reporting a steady increase in operations since it opened last year. From July to December 2011, the facility at Murtala Mohammad International Airport in Lagos handled 478 movements. That total rose to 976 movements between January and June. To meet that growing demand, the facility has increased staff to 39 from 11.
Stella Oduah, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, told an audience at the recent Safety Conference of African Safety Ministers in Abuja that her department is considering reducing from 22 to 15 years the maximum allowable age of aircraft operated in commercial service in this West African country. Some experts believe such a rule could ground as many as 60 percent of the airliners currently operating in Nigeria.
Details of the crash of a Dana Air Flight No. 0992 into a downtown apartment building in Lagos, Nigeria, this afternoon remain sketchy as of Sunday night.
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