Nigeria has settled with the United Arab Emirates for a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA). It also declared that a homegrown airline had been authorized to operate from Nigeria to Dubai.
The agreement between the two nations was signed in Sri Lanka, with the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, signing for the Nigerian Federal Government.
Sirika publicized the huge development for the country’s aviation industry on Twitter.
The tweet said “Signed Bilateral Air Service Agreement with (the) UAE 30 minutes ago in Colombo, Sri Lanka. May it be of mutual benefits.”
Nigeria had rationalized that players in Nigeria’s aviation market would stand to benefit from the BASAs that it was signing with other countries.
Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, explained further that the BASAs would allow private airlines to operate flights to countries that Nigeria had signed agreements with, without any restrictions.
Amaechi added that the BASA would allow Nigerian private backers to do business in areas that the country had signed agreements with.
With regards to the aforementioned carrier that been given clearance to fly the Dubai route, Sirika disclosed on Twitter that the airline was Med-View Airlines.
“Glad to announce the commencement of Dubai route by our own Med-View Airlines. Congratulations Med-View!”
Sirika also assured his followers on Twitter that the Federal Government was hard at work in establishing a national carrier for Nigeria. He added that that might be coming very soon.
“We are on course. It is a campaign promise that must be achieved. Please be patient. Nothing good comes easy,” Sirika said on Twitter.