Nigeria, Kuwait Sign Bilateral Air Service Agreement

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the signing of a Bilateral Air Services Agreement with Kuwait.

This agreement allows the designated airlines of those countries to operate commercial flight that covers the transport of passengers and cargo between that two countries, regulating the frequency, and capacity of air services between countries, pricing and other commercial aspects.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika made the announcement while addressing reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.

He said: “The deal with Kuwait is in accordance with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) convention of Dec. 7, 1944.

“The text of the approved memorandum was cleared by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

“It provides that the agreement should have reciprocal rights and privileges for both countries and airlines involved.”

However, Sirika denied that the government had spent N14billion on the floating of the proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air. He said FEC also approved the hiring of consultants for revalidation and collection of aviation height clearance for buildings and masts that could obstruct flight operations.

But the contract to be executed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), would run at no cost to the budget as the revenues accrued would be used to pay the consultants.

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