Aviation Minister Festus Keyamo Announces Major Developments in Nigeria’s Aviation Sector

Aviation and Aerospace Minister Festus Keyamo has announced significant advancements in Nigeria’s aviation sector during a ministerial news briefing on Monday, presenting his master plan under the administration of President Bola Tinubu in Abuja.

Keyamo revealed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia is nearing completion, which will establish a direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).

This agreement follows his recent discussions with his Saudi counterpart aimed at reviving long-dormant cargo flight operations between the two nations.

“During my recent visit to Saudi Arabia, I worked towards reviving long-dormant cargo flight operations between Nigeria and the country,” Keyamo stated.

The minister also highlighted the revitalization of Hajj Terminals across the country, which had been neglected and left in disrepair for many years.

Keyamo noted his personal visits to pilgrims during their maiden flights from Kebbi State and Abuja to the holy land, emphasizing the ministry’s commitment to improving the pilgrimage experience and ensuring the safety and comfort of the pilgrims.

In addition, Keyamo announced the commencement of undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU).

The AAAU offers courses in Aviation Business, Meteorology, and Environmental Sciences and is the first pan-African university dedicated to aviation, aerospace, and environmental science.

Furthermore, Keyamo highlighted the collaboration between his ministry and the Ministry of Interior, led by Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, which resulted in the recent inauguration of a state-of-the-art Advance Passengers’ Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) office facility at the Nigeria Immigration Service headquarters.

This facility represents a significant milestone in enhancing traveler identification management and facilitating efficient border management.

“The facility represents a significant milestone in enhancing traveller identification management and facilitating efficient border management,” Keyamo said.

He explained that the API and PNR are advanced technological solutions designed to streamline the process of identifying and managing passengers, ensuring a seamless and secure travel experience.

Keyamo assured that his ministry remains dedicated to improving the aviation sector through fostering international partnerships, prioritizing the needs of passengers, and addressing the concerns of stakeholders.

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