Good News for Air Peace, Others As Nigeria, Algeria Get Ready To Sign Direct Flight Agreement

Good News for Air Peace, Others As Nigeria, Algeria Get Ready To Sign Direct Flight Agreement

  • The Federal government is set to establish a bilateral agreement to see direct flights from Nigeria to Algeria
  • The move is championed by Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace who also believes it is a good deal
  • This initiative also signifies a significant step in strengthening the relationship between the two nations

Dave Ibemere has over a decade of experience covering tech, energy, stocks, investments, and the economy

The Nigerian government and its Algerian counterpart set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish direct flights between the two countries.

Festus Keyamo, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, disclosed this on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

Nigeria to Algeria
Airlines to fly from Nigeria to Algeria directly Photo credit: Presidency
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How the deal will work

According to Keyamo, the agreement is expected to be effective in a few months and allow passengers to travel between Algeria, Lagos, Abuja, and Oran.

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He further explained that Algeria has reached out to Nigeria in the past weeks to reopen the route between Algeria and Lagos.

Punch reports that the government has insisted on reciprocity for Nigerian airlines, allowing them to fly to Algeria.

The Algerian Ambassador to Nigeria, Hocine Latli, said the new agreement is a “symbiotic relationship” that will benefit both countries.

He said:

“You can’t have a tied partnership if you do not have a direct flight between the two countries, we are trying to solve this problem of direct flight and restart the dynamic partnership and cooperation between the two countries, especially in the next few months.
“So, it is important today that we have reached a common point that the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace has accepted the opening of direct flight from Algeria to Nigeria."

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BusinessDay reports that Introducing direct flights between Nigeria and Algeria is a significant step in strengthening ties between countries on tourism and investments.

“No More N60k”: Air Peace, Dana, and Other Airlines Announce 100% Fare Increase Ahead of Christmas

Airlines operating local routes, including Air Peace and Dana Air, have adjusted their ticket prices, citing economic realities, Legit.ng reported.

According to the Guardian report, the airline operators blamed the rising cost of aviation fuel, which now sells for N1,000 per liter, and the naira exchange rate, currently at N1,200/$.

To reflect the changes, domestic airlines have increased airfare by over 100 percent in major routes.

Source: Legit.ng

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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at Legit.ng. He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email: dave.ibemere@corp.legit.ng.

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