September 17, 2008

IATA Declares Nigeria Industry Leader in Africa

IATA declares Nigeria industry leader in Africa

LAGOS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian Minister of Transportation Diezani Allison-Madueke Monday in Abuja said the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has declared Nigeria as a leading country in airport certification in Africa, according to the Leadership newspaper on Tuesday.

This came at a time when the Nigeria federal government has signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral air services agreements (BASA) with Luxembourg, Namibia, Greece, Britain and Saudi Arabia.

The minister said the government has been making efforts to certify airports in the country in order to promote air safety in the country.

According to her, the Nigeria federal government has taken as a priority infrastructure developments at the nation's airports, adding that the rehabilitation and resurfacing of runway 18L/36R of the Lagos Airport were now 80 percent complete.

She said the cargo apron of the airport was also being expanded to handle the increased number of cargo aircraft.

The minister added that aside from the bilateral air services agreement signed with the governments of Luxembourg, Namibia, Greece, and Saudi Arabia, the government had also reviewed the BASAs with several other countries, including Brazil, Qatar, France, Algeria and Zambia.

The minister noted that the renegotiations of the agreements were to make them fall in line global trend in liberalization of air transportation.

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