The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the leasing of three aircraft by the country’s proposed national carrier, ‘Nigeria Air’ to enable it to commence operations on a date yet to be announced.
Aviation minister Hadi Sirika, announced this to journalists at the end of the week’s FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, at thw Aso Rock Villa.
“We have said in our outline business case, which was earlier approved, that we are starting with three aircraft for the first instance and then we progress. We will have a mixture of Airbus and Boeings because every airline that will grow big uses the two.
“We will start with domestic flights and then we grow to become international and then we move to become regional and intercontinental.
“There are challenges currently in our aviation industry but it is a global phenomenon and it will not last forever because aviation is a very resilient sector. Certainly, we will overcome these problems”, he said.