Cheaper Air Fares Coming As FG Approves National Carrier for 2022, Says Minister


From Victor Osula, Abuja


Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said the possibility of cheaper air fares awaits air travellers in the country as the national carrier is expected to take-off in the first quarter of 2022.

Sirika disclosed this on Wednesday to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The minister stated that the new national carrier was long overdue and the private sector-run airline will be in operation by early 2022, with possibly cheaper rates.

“The new national carrier is expected to be a viable airline and is potentially poised to cater to millions of travelers in Nigeria and Africa,”

He said, the Council approved a contract for the procurement of a towable mobile office for the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) of the Civil Aviation Authority.

“The contract is for the procurement, equipment and installation of accident investigation towable mobile offices in favour of Messrs. Crases Integrity Services Limited. The total contract sum is N201,150,437.21.

“The purpose of this equipment, once purchased, if there is, God forbid, an accident anywhere, these mobile offices will be driven to the location and an office will be established for the purposes of taking data, collecting samples and gathering information regarding the incident and then analysing them on site and tagging them and doing all sorts of things there and you know, this can take any time, sometimes a few hours, sometimes even weeks”, he said.