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Nigerian aviation woe will persist despite Abuja boost

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Completed one day ahead of schedule, at a reported cost of 18 million dollars, the closure disrupted business and tourist traffic at one of the busiest times of the year for travel, underlining the parlous state of Nigeria's air transport infrastructure and airline industry. Several European airlines cancelled all operations, citing insecure road access from an alternative airport in Kaduna to the capital.


  • New government infrastructural plans may be insufficient to reassure airlines concerned over persistent aviation mismanagement.
  • Persistent foreign exchange problems will hinder local airlines seeking to purchase fuel and equipment.
  • A planned new airport in Lekki, Lagos state, could prove attractive to international carriers and non-business visitors.

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