Nigerian Government confirms Nigeria Air remains suspended indefinitely

Nigerian aviation and aerospace minister Festus Keyamo has said that Nigeria Air remains ‘suspended indefinitely.’

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During a ministerial press briefing in Abuja, Keyamo said: “It remains suspended. It was never Air Nigeria. It was not Air Nigeria. That’s the truth. It was only painted Nigeria Air. It was Ethiopian Airlines trying to flag our flag."

The Nigeria Air project was unveiled in 2023. The launch caused concerns about the ownership arrangement, which gave Ethiopian Airlines a 49 percent equity stake, while the Federal Government held five percent, and a consortium of three Nigerian investors owned 46 percent.

Keyamo added: “Air Nigeria must be indigenous, must be wholly Nigerian, and must be for the full benefits of Nigeria, not that 50 percent of the profit is for another country.”