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FG designates 4 international airports special economic zones

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June 9, 2021

The Federal Government has announced the designation of four international airports, as Special Economic Zones.

The Minister of Aviation, Capt. Hadi Sirika, made this disclosure in a statement issued by Mr James Odaudu, the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, in Abuja on Wednesday.

The minister said that the four airports comprised the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Port-Harcourt international Airport, and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

According to him, the announcement followed the approval granted by President Muhammadu Buhari to that effect.

He said that there were many inherent benefits of the designation and operation of the airports as special economic zones.

“The Ministry of Aviation in its desire to address issues concerning taxation, custom duties and fiscal issues in the Nigerian Aviation industry which required a holistic solution, had requested the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) to designate the four major international Airports under NEPZA Act.

“The request was made so that the benefits of such zones can be accorded all airlines, airport operators, Aviation support companies among others that reside within the zones which the President noted, and approved.

“Some of the benefits include; Harnessing the socio-economic benefits derivable from Civil Aviation, generating revenues for Government and creating avenues to mobilize local and foreign direct investment for overall growth of the economy,” he said.

He further said that the designation was also expected to attract more international and domestic airlines and world class organisations into the Nigerian Aviation Industry to fast track the upgrade and development of new infrastructure/facilities at the airports.

Sirika noted that the special economic zones would also help to reduce the tax burden on Aviation companies to enable them compete internationally.

He said that the move would also create around the airports a more efficient and business-friendly trade environment comparable to other countries, with less bureaucratic red tape because of the associated fiscal incentives and packages.

According to him, the operation of the airports as special economic zones would also help to generate employment opportunities and human capital development.

The minister said that it would further improve the overall ease of doing business in Nigeria in line with Federal Government’s commitments towards national economic development.

“Another benefit is the generation of additional non-aeronautical sources of revenue for the Aviation Industry. As promised at the inception of the Buhari administration.

“The government remains committed to the development of an investment-friendly Aviation sector that will not only make Nigeria a regional hub for air transportation, but increase its contribution to the national gross domestic product (GDP),” he said.

Sirika appealed for the cooperation of all relevant stakeholders in the new development to achieve the desired goals.

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Air Peace begins Port Harcourt- Benin, Kano- Port Harcourt flights

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June 10, 2021

Air Peace has announced the commencement of flight operations on Port Harcourt-Kano-Port Harcourt and the resumption of Kano-Asaba-Kano routes.

Mr Stanley Olisa, the airline’s Media Executive, announced this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.

Olisa said that the airline had introduced a set of new connections to offer the Nigerian flying public more network options and satisfy their growing air travel needs.

He said that Asaba-Kano-Asaba flight would start June 14, and run three days every week, while Kano-Port Harcourt-Kano would operate twice weekly from June 15.

He added that it would operate on Benin-Port Harcourt-Benin routes from June 18, on Fridays and Sundays.

“Tickets for these new connections are already selling and the flying public can start booking on our website flyairpeace.com or the mobile app.

“The new connections further reflect Air Peace’s commitment to providing strategic connectivity which addresses the gaps in Nigeria’s air travel,” he said.

Olisa said that the airline would also launch scheduled daily flights to Ilorin from Lagos and Abuja on June 17, adding that there were plans to kick-off Gombe and Ibadan routes soon.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Air Peace currently services 16 domestic routes, five regional routes and two international destinations including Johannesburg.

The airline also has a mixed fleet of 28 aircraft, including two brand new Embraer 195-E2 jets delivered earlier this year, with 11 more lined up for delivery.

NAN

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Air Peace personnel foil child trafficking attempt at MMA2——- Official

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June 8, 2021

Air Peace’s personnel have again demonstrated strong vigilance and crime alertness by foiling  a trafficking attempt of  two babies by a man and  woman at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Terminal 2, Lagos.

The spokesman of the airline, Mr Stanley Olisa, disclosed this in  a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

Olisa said the Air Peace’s passenger service executives and security personnel smelt a rat when the two adults, travelling to Asaba, were being checked-in at the counter on Monday.

“On June 7  at MMA2, around 1200 hours, a man and a woman, carrying two babies, approached our counter for check-in.

” Our passenger service executives, being suspicious of the behaviours of the duo, questioned them about the babies. They said the babies belonged to them and were travelling to Asaba.”

Olisa disclosed that as the suspicion intensified, the two adults, who hinted that the babies were three months old each, were further questioned by another counter attendant and a security personnel but they gave different narratives.

“The two adults gave conflicting explanations to different staff- that the babies were being taken to the
the United Kingdom to unite them with their parents and later they said they were sending the babies to Zimbabwe for adoption.

“Upon further questioning, the adults confessed that they were not the parents of the babies.

“Consequently, Air Peace’s Security Unit took both of them to the MMA2 Police Station where they admitted that they are agents who trafficked children for adoption.”

Olusa quoted the police to have agreed to transfer the case to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigations and action.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Air Peace crew had similarly prevented two child trafficking attempts  in June 2018 on a Lagos–Banjul flight and in January 2019 on a Lagos-Port Harcourt flight respectively.

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