Nigeria Air is a proposed national airline of Nigeria. The Minister of State for Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika revealed the branding and livery of new flagship carrier at Farnborough International Airshow on 18-Jul-2018, with plans of launching the new airline by the end of 2018. On 19-Sep-2018, Senator Sirika announced the government has suspended the National Carrier Project "in the interim" with "all commitments due will be honoured."
In Oct-2018, Nigeria's Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika said the suspension of the Nigeria Air project is an interim measure and the new national carrier will be relaunched as soon as possible.
In May-2019, Nigeria's Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said the Nigeria Air project "has not been abandoned", but progress has been delayed by disagreement over government ownership of the proposed airline.
In Nov-2021, Nigeria's Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika stated the Federal Executive Council approved the business case for Nigeria Air and the planned launch of the airline by Apr-2022. The government intends to own no more than 5% of the airline, while 49% will be offered to a strategic partner and 46% will be offered to Nigerian investors. The carrier is expected to require initial capital of USD150 million to USD300 million.
In Feb-2022, Nigeria's Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) reported Nigeria Air is expected to commence operations before Jun-2023.
In Mar-2022, Nigeria's Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika stated the government intends to issue RFPs to potential investors from 08-Mar-2022 for the establishment of Nigeria Air. The government is proceeding with the air operator's certificate application process for the airline, which Mr Sirika expects to be complete by Apr-2022.
On 07-Mar-2022, Nigeria's Ministry of Aviation published a RFP for the establishment of Nigeria Air. The ministry expects private sector partners in the new national carrier to comprise an international airline (holding a maximum 49% stake) and Nigerian financial and institutional investors (holding a minimum of 46%). The Nigerian Government will have a 5% stake in the airline. Responses to the RFP are due by 10-May-2022.
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