The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, on Sunday, said Emirates Airline would resume operations in Nigeria soon.
This was even as Keyamo disclosed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has also approved Nigeria’s carrier, Air Peace Airline, to fly directly into and out of the prime airport in Dubai.
The Aviation and Aerospace Development Minister in a statement in Abuja, by the Ministry’s Director of Press, Odutayo Oluseyi, explained that the Minister met the management of Airline Executive, led by its CEO, Dana Hatcic, a company that indicated interest in establishing an MRO facility in Nigeria.
According to the statement, “the Minister met with officials of Emirates Airline at the 2023 Dubai Airshow at the UAE to further discuss the resumption of flights by the airline to Nigeria which has yielded positive results as the management has given assurance that the resumption of the flight would commence very soon.
“The management had fruitful discussions with the Honourable Minister, and they have been invited to Nigeria for further follow-up of their business plans.
“The minister expressed the possibility of a maiden edition of the Nigeria Airshow sometime in November 2024, thereby becoming the first African country to organise such an event.
“Some of the exhibitors at the Dubai Airshow have made commitments to be at the maiden edition of Nigeria’s Airshow,” he said.
The Dubai Airshow which commenced on 13th of November was concluded on the 17th of November, 2023 attracted a considerable number of participants from around the world, including leading aviation and aerospace industry specialists.
Kasim Sumaina in Abuja