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Nigeria’s Aviation Leap: Keyamo’s Strategic Moves for Air Peace’s UK Slots

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In a significant move for Nigeria’s aviation sector, Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, has initiated crucial discussions with the United Kingdom Department for Transport, aiming to secure favorable slot allocations for Air Peace, a leading Nigerian airline. This initiative is part of the government’s broader strategy to strengthen the country’s aviation industry and enhance its connectivity with major international destinations.

Air Peace, which had previously been authorized to operate flights from Lagos to Gatwick Airport in London, faced challenges with ad hoc slots that were incompatible with its scheduled flight services. This situation prompted the Minister’s intervention to negotiate more suitable and consistent slot allocations, vital for the airline’s plan to operate non-stop flights to London.

In a meeting with Ben Boiling, CEO of NORSE Atlantic Airways, Keyamo emphasized the importance of strategic partnerships in sustaining and growing Nigeria’s aviation industry. The collaboration between NORSE Atlantic Airways and Air Peace is seen as a key step towards this goal, enhancing route connectivity and contributing to the sector’s overall growth. The Minister lauded this partnership, recognizing Air Peace’s significant role in regional and international air travel.

Boiling expressed NORSE Atlantic Airways’ commitment to the partnership, indicating their readiness to commence operations as soon as Air Peace secures the necessary authorizations for direct flights to Gatwick Airport.

Parallel to these discussions, a Nigerian delegation, including Capt. Chris Najomo, Acting Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Hassan Ejibunu, Director of Air Transport Management at the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development; and Olayinka Babaoye-Iriobe, Director of Air Transport Regulations at NCAA, engaged in talks with UK counterparts. These discussions focused on resolving the operational hurdles for Air Peace at Gatwick Airport. While acknowledging the UK government’s limited control over slot allocations, the two sides explored various issues such as departure and turnaround times and the approval process for Air Peace’s flights in the upcoming 2024 summer schedule.

The ongoing negotiations reflect the Nigerian government’s commitment to expanding the nation’s aviation footprint and improving service offerings for Nigerian travelers. Securing favorable slots at Gatwick Airport is crucial for Air Peace to meet the rising demand for direct flights between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, thereby bolstering economic and cultural ties between the two nations.

This effort by the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development, alongside the NCAA, represents a proactive approach to overcoming the challenges faced by Nigerian airlines in accessing key international markets. It also demonstrates the government’s role in facilitating the growth of private sector entities like Air Peace, which play a significant part in the country’s economic development.

The resolution of these slot allocation issues is eagerly anticipated by industry stakeholders and travelers alike, as it would mark a significant milestone in enhancing Nigeria’s aviation capabilities and its global connectivity. The outcome of these negotiations is expected to pave the way for more efficient and frequent air travel between Nigeria and the UK, benefiting both countries’ economies and fostering stronger bilateral relations.

In conclusion, the collaborative efforts between the Nigerian government, NORSE Atlantic Airways, and the UK Department for Transport signal a promising future for Nigeria’s aviation sector. These negotiations, if successful, will not only empower Air Peace to expand its international operations but also contribute to the broader goal of positioning Nigeria as a key player in the global aviation industry.

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