Nigeria Begins Talks With Cape Verde On Air Transport

* Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika and the President of Cape Verde, Mr. Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca at the First ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa, held in Sal, Cape Verde at the weekend

 

 

The Federal Government of Nigeria said that it has commenced talks with Cape Verde on plans by the latter to begin air transport deal in line with existing Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between the two countries.

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator, Hadi Sirika disclosed this shortly after a meeting with Cape Verde representatives during at the sidelines of the just concluded First ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa in Sal, Cape Verde.

According to Sirika, “We have just concluded a meeting with Cape Verde authority and they have signified interest to start flight operations into Nigeria. Cape Verde is willing to exercise their right in the Bilateral Air Service Agreement and hopefully to seek a Nigeria airline that will reciprocate through flight operation into Cape Verde.”

He continued, “They will start operations into Nigeria very soon and we hope that Nigeria airlines will take the opportunity too, as they have already said they are looking forward to a Nigerian airline to partner with.”

He also disclosed that aside showing interest to operate flights to Nigeria, the country is also planning to establish its Embassy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

* Sen. Hadi Sirika and Cape Verde discussing air transport relation in Cape Verde at the weekend

The Minister had twitted on his Twitter handle; @hadisirika that, “Cape Verde to open an embassy in Abuja this year and also to commence direct flight”.

A source, who was privy to the meeting and who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Cape Verde has agreed to fulfill all necessary commitment and go through the process in line with international best practices.

He also stated that Cape Verde was ready to begin the operation with its national carrier, Cabo Verde Airlines and they are looking at this year.

According to the source, “The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will embark on inspection trip to Cape Verde to look at their facilities and their airlines in form of an audit before a final approval is given for them to commence operations into Nigeria.”

 

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