Don’t exploit Nigerian passegers, Oduah tells Etihad airline


By Oyise Oghene
Minister of Aviation, Princes Stella Oduah has warned Etihad airline, one of the newly arrived airline operator in the country not to exploit Nigerian passengers.

Disclosing this development to newsmen at the International wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos, Princes Oduah who was ably represented by the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Drm Harold Demuren while welcoming the airline from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Nigeria said that the airline should explore the Nigerian aviation market as the country offers variety of business opportunities.

The Minster further said that the relationship between both countries would demonstrate strong strategic partnership.

She said that Nigerian market was vast and that there would be enough to tap from adding that the airline and the UAE government should respond favourably when Nigeria comes knocking for its own carriers.

According to Oduah,”We welcome Etihad to Nigeria, it’s been a long process but finally they made it. It demonstrates strong strategic relationship between Nigeria and UAE”

“This entry will advance and expand our relationship; we commend Etihad for the sound reasoning on identifying the great opportunity in the Nigerian Market”

She noted that Nigeria would continue to support exploration of our airspace and market but reiterated that the market would be close to exploitation

The Ambassador of the UAE to Nigeria, Mr Rasheed Al Dahiru, said it was a great honour for the country to fly into Nigeria, however, charged the UAE to expedite flights from Abuja as that was where it has traffic.

He said that the operations provide a meeting point for two economic powerhouses and would expand trade and other commercial opportunities.

“It is a great honour and pleasure, but we want the aviation authority to grant access to Abuja as it has many passengers to Abu Dhabi from there”

“Flight between Lagos- Abu Dhabi will expand trade and opportunities as well as expand commercial activities between both nations” he said.


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