16,353 Flights Delayed in 6 months –Aviation Agency

Domestic airlines operating in Nigeria recorded 16,353 cases of delayed flights between January and June, statistics from the Consumer Protection Department of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have revealed.

A document issued by the department shows that 30,100 flights were operated by eight airlines during the period under review.

According to the document, 601 flights were cancelled for various reasons by the airlines.

Airlines in operation were Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland.

Airline Revenues Blocked in Nigeria Drop by over 50% –IATA

The value of ticket sales owed to foreign airlines in Nigeria has been reduced by over 50 percent since June, the International Air Transport Association said on Tuesday, adding it is making progress to recoup billions of dollars in revenues blocked by some countries, Reuters reports.

IATA, the trade association of the world's airlines, said it wants to develop a "common strategy" where carriers act in tandem to recuperate ticket sales revenue being withheld in Venezuela.

Buhari Inaugurates Abuja-Kaduna Rail Line

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, with a pledge to link all states of the federation with the rail system to boost socio-economic development and regional integration.

Buhari, who made the pledge at the inaugural ceremony at Idu, Abuja on Tuesday, said the Federal Government would strictly pursue the implementation of 25-year Strategic Master Plan for the Nigerian Railway.

Stop Selling Tickets in Foreign Currencies, Aviation Authority Warns Airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned all airlines selling flight tickets in foreign currencies in Nigeria to desist from the practice forthwith.

The NCAA issued the warning in a statement issued by its Acting General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye, in Lagos at the weekend.

The statement said the act contravened the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines on the cost of products or services in Nigeria.

NCAA Directs Airlines to forward all Unremitted Funds in Full

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Thursday directed all domestic and charter airlines operating in the country to immediately forward in full unremitted funds accruable to the agency.

The Director General, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, handed down the directive at a meeting held with the airline operators on the non-remittance of five per cent Ticket, Cargo and Charter Sales Charges (TSA/TCA) in Lagos.

Baggage Delay: Attorney General Gives Turkish Airlines 21-Day Ultimatum to Comply with CPC’s Order

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has read a riot’s act to the Turkish Airlines to respond within 21 days to the request of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) for full situation report on its alleged shoddy treatment of passengers of flight TK 623 of Sunday December 20, 2015 and other subsequent flights during the yuletide or face prosecution.

Delayed Baggage: CPC Moves to Sanction Turkish Airlines

In its determination to enforce the rights of consumers, the Consumer Protection Council, CPC, has resolved to sanction Turkish Airlines if it fails to comply with the Council’s directive to provide full situation report on recent incidents, which led to complaints bothering on abuse of consumer rights by the airline.
In a letter dated 21 January, 2015, signed by its Director Legal Services, Mr. Emmanuel Ataguba, the Council gave Turkish Airlines seven days to comply with the Council’s directive or face the full wrath of the law.

Volkswagen Chief Optimistic of Company’s Outlook for 2016

The Head of Volkswagen (VW) Group in China, Jochem Heizmann, said on Saturday that he was optimistic of the company's outlook for 2016.

Heizmann, said in Beijing that the ``volume is not everything’’ in the competition with General Motors (GM) Company to lead the world's largest car market. The company must also look out for profitability and ``residual value’’, Heizmann said on the sideline of an auto industry conference in Beijing.

GM surpassed VW for passenger vehicle sales in China in 2015, China Association of Automobile Manufacturers data said.

Shippers’ Council to Eliminate Corruption at Ports

The Director, Consumer Affairs Department, Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC), Ms Azuka Ogo, said that the council had been collaborating with many local and international organisations to eliminate corruption at the ports.

Ogo made the disclosure at a two-day workshop on ``Corruption Risk Assessment and Implementation of Integrity Plan in the Ports Sector’’, held on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to her, the council has equally held series of round table conference in other to proffer lasting solution to the problems facing the ports users.

Amaechi Directs FAAN’s Management to Erect Befitting Headquarters’ Building

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, on Wednesday directed the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to erect an appropriate and befitting headquarters within the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos for itself.

Amaechi, accompanied by the Minister of State for Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika and some key management staff of the agency, gave the directive at the FAAN's headquarters.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he gave the order shortly before embarking on a tour of the airport’s facilities.