The Federal Government says it will remain committed to support Nigerian airlines to grow and remain in business.
According to a statement signed by the spokesperson of the ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Oluseyi Odutayo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, gave this assurance in the United Kingdom while holding discussions with the management of NORSE Atlantic Airways led by its CEO, Mr. Ben Boiling.
It was stated that the discussions centred on the partnership of NORSE Atlantic Airway, a major carrier in the UK and Europe, with a leading Nigeria’s domestic carrier, Air Peace Airline.
It added that Nigeria Aeronautical Authority including the officials from the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) were in London to discuss with the officials of Department for Transport of the UK on how to surmount the issue of slot allocation to Air Peace Airline to fly into Gatwick Airport in London.
“Since securing its authorisation to fly into the UK, after satisfying all the requirements, the issue of slot allocation at Gatwick Airport has been the major obstacle preventing the Airline from commencing the direct flight into London.
“Though, the officials of the Department for Transport at the meeting made it known that the Government of the UK had no authority over allocation of slots at the eight primary airports in the UK.”