Airline manufacturer, Airbus to set up facility in Nigeria.
Airbus Group, the largest aircraft makers and leasers in the world will open an operational office in Nigeria.
French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
Gauer said the decision on the office was a mark of confidence in the Federal Government’s agenda for the aviation industry.
The statement signed by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. James Odaudu, said that Gauer made disclosure when he visited the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, in Abuja.
The French ambassador said that they were in the ministry to identify with the government’s vision and plans for aviation sector as presented by the minister to various industry stakeholders.
Vice President, Airbus Group for Africa, Vincent Larnicol, who accompanied Gauer, told Sirika that Airbus’ desire to get closer to its customers informed its decision to establish its presence in Nigeria.
Larnicol promised to collaborate, through its Cooperation Programme, with the Nigerian government in the establishment of an Aviation University. to which the International Civil Aviation Organisation was largely committed.
An initiative of which the International Civil Aviation Organisation was largely committed.
He also notified the minister about the group’s interest in government’s plans to concession major airports across the country as well as the establish a national carrier.
Larnicol commended the government for its effort to establish an aircraft leasing company in view of the inherent difficulties in acquiring new aircraft.
He mentioned that Airbus has expanded upon its strong European roots to move forward on an international scale.
Responding, Sen. Sirika informed the delegation that the vision of the Federal Government for the sector included the establishment of a private sector-driven national carrier.
The Minister of State for Aviation said that government was also determined to concession four major airports.
Airbus To Open Office In Nigeria
This was in order to make them more viable and up to global standards.
He also added that government plans to re-position domestic airlines to make them competitive and profitable.
The minister told the delegation that government was committed to the establishment of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facilities.
He further stated that the government was committed to developing the human capital for the anticipated expansion of the sector.
According to him, the plan of government is to gradually reposition the Nigerian aviation industry in a way that will turn the nation into a regional air transport hub.
Sen Sirika mentioned that this was in line with the ICAO forecast of a quadruple growth for Nigeria’s air travel in the next 10 years.
The minister expressed the country’s preparedness to collaborate with all genuine partners.
He also added that government’s decisions and actions would always be guided by the protection of national interests.