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03 Nov 2011

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Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah

By Chinedu Eze

In what is considered a retaliatory move, the Federal Government has slashed British Airways’ (BA) flights to Lagos from seven times a week to three, with effect from Tuesday, November 8.

Before the flight reduction, the United Kingdom national carrier, which has operated into Nigeria for over 75 years, was flying seven times weekly to Lagos and same number of times to Abuja.

The Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) confirmed the directive given to BA.

The Federal Government’s decision to slash the frequency of the airline to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, is not unconnected with the forced suspension of Arik Air flights to London Heathrow from Abuja by UK’s Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) which denied the Nigerian airline the landing slots it requested.

This is the second time BA has run into a storm with Nigerian authorities, the first being when the military government under Gen. Sani Abacha banned the airline from flying into the country in the heat of British opposition to his government in 1996.

With the latest directive, BA’s landing and take-off times for the airline have also been rescheduled. Instead of landing at about 5.30pm and taking off at about 10.45pm, the airline will now arrive Lagos at 6.00am and leave at 10.00am.

This will adversely affect the airline’s passengers’ connectivity in Europe as they will have to wait for long hours at Heathrow before connecting to their final destinations.

In a statement, BA said that it was doing everything possible to resolve the issue, adding that the matter was now in the hands of its home government.


“We are doing all we can to resolve this issue. The matter is now in the hands of the British Government which is speaking with the Nigerian authorities. At the moment, all flights are scheduled to operate as planned and we will keep our customers informed if there are any changes to their flights,” it said.

In the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA), which Nigeria signed with the government of Britain, both countries agreed that airlines from the UK would fly 21 times to Nigeria and vice-versa.

But while UK has British Airways and Virgin Atlantic which fully utilise these frequencies, Nigeria has only Arik Air that utilises 14 frequencies only as the airline operates from Lagos to Heathrow and from Abuja to Heathrow seven times a week each.

BA does the same from both Abuja and Lagos for the same number of flights, while Virgin Atlantic flies to Heathrow from Lagos seven times a week.


The Chairman of Arik Air, Sir Joseph Arumemi Ikhide, explained to newsmen last week that the BASA signed between the two countries was only beneficial to British carriers.

He recalled that during the signing of the agreement years ago, both governments agreed to assist airlines owned by both countries that wished to fly into each other’s airspace.

But while British carriers freely come into Nigeria without hindrances, Arik Air, the only Nigerian airline that operate into Britain, faced impediments, including the denial of slot to land at Heathrow.

Ikhide lamented that when it was time for them to fly from Abuja to London, the British government told them that there were no slots and that at that point, the airline had to rent slots from the British Midland International (BMI) at £1.4 million between 2009 and 2010, disclosing that the airline paid an initial deposit of £600,000.

He further explained that the airline paid £52,250 monthly to BMI and after the expiration of that, the company increased it to £90,000 per month and that when the airline tried to negotiate the amount, BMI refused to shift ground and later ACL, which gives slots, said that there was no more slots.

When Arik insisted, ACL gave out uncoordinated slots to Arik Air which were not good for scheduled flight operations, thus frustrating the airline out of the route.

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  • please
    mr Arik continue with your good service and also fight for your right Britain likes to pretende to be a country of fairness but anything to do with Nigeria is treated in a very horrible way first they want Ghana to be the west African hub forgetting the millions of jopbs that would be lost in Nigeria as a result of this considering our population, Please Mr Arik if the Federal Government cant be made to see sense I would peronal assist to help in the boycott of british goods and services in Nigeria, not only BA is benefitting from Nigerias generousity there are many british companies in Nigeria doing things they would dare not do in there country, I will continue to monitor they out come of this spat via this day and other forums students of Nigeria are itching to shut down the BA office in Nigeria with protest

    From: mohammed

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • We have taken their crap for too long. This should also go for Virgin.

    The British are too arrogant and they feel we are being done a favour.

    From: Femi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • With this development, I feel proud to be a Nigerian. Our International Diplomacy should be geared towards protecting Nigerians and Nigerian business. Thank you Madam Minister or whoever is responsible for this decision.

    From: Henry

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good to know Nigeria's still got people who can stand up to these parasites who think they've got rights to anything that is not theirs. Am proud!

    From: Kamo wen

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is good. Nigeria is making good its threat of mutual beneficial diplomacy. This is the way to earn respect. After all, Britain benefits more from us. Kudos to your guys in the Ministries of Aviation and International Affairs.

    From: Gbenga SA

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is great news coming from the Federal Ministry of Aviation. Nigeria is finally making good its threat of mutually beneficial diplomacy. The Europeans cant continue to milk us and yet do not respect us at all. This will serve as deterrent to other "bully & arrogant" nations of the world that Nigeria is indeed walking again.

    From: Gbenga SA

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Give the British government and British Airways what they deserve - the Abacha treatment. I will not personally fly on a British-owned airline (British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, etc) let alone allow my children or friends to do so.

    From: Menre

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This calls for real investigation and quick resolution. The Minister should not act without thorough investigation so that the relationship will not be strained. Though, we all know how 'exploitive' Uk can be, we shouldn't give them the room to take advantage. They also know that the number of passengers/tourist from Nigeria is always the highest in Africa and even in the world

    From: lenny

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Kudos to the Honourable Minister and the MD FAAN or who ever is responsible for this decision. Its high time Nigeria took pride in its own and depended Nigerian interests just like other nations do including the UK by denying Arik the required slots. I only wished other Government agencies would act in this manner ie in the best interest of the country.

    From: Ibrahim Shehu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good news. What is good for the geese is also good for the gander! It is an English saying so them live by it. They are trying to grow their economy out recession at the expense of others, it will not work this time.

    From: Ken

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Thats the rubbish the british still subject us to in Nigeria.Am happy with the nigerian initiative for slashing their flights into Nigeria i think it should be reduced to 1.

    From: Julius

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • THE NIGERIAN STUDENTS WOULD PLAN CONSTRUCTIVELY AND STRATEGICALLY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SUPPORT TO MAKE THESE PROUD BRIT EXPERIENCE OUR OWN "COCKINESS" TOO.THANK YOU MADAM ELEGANT AVIATION

    From: COMRADE UDOH

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is why all indegenous companies in Nigeria should strive to pay taxes due the government at home. We have all seen that when the chips are down, our only strength is Nigeria.

    From: Barr. Viag

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @lenny
    I agree with you yes as Nigerians constitute a major percentage...this is the more reason we should act would Britain take shuch from Nigeria NO

    From: jp morgan

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • A beg make I hear word! I am not surprised if ARIK owes a lot of money to British airports as it does to Nigerian authorities....or whether it messes up customers the way they do in nigeria. Let them learn the hard way joo.....

    From: Rufus king

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is good! The Nigerian government must not blink first in this eyeball to eyeball situation.
    I don't fly British airlines as a matter of principle because of their arrogance. They don't give you enough respect for the over the top fares they charge.

    From: Babatunde, Manchester, UK

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • For me why not send British government and British Airways out of our country as they are doing to us here in Europe. To start with. They don't respect us as human being out all

    From: Ola Tunde

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • We finally have a government with ears/eyes and a brain to go... not all of it good yet but that is a step in the right direction..
    For whatever it is worth, I say thank you to the aviation minister.
    Until they live up to their end of the agreement, they shld be restricted from flying freely into this country...
    Nigerians, learn to support and empower yourselves and not outsiders.. when will we ever learn?
    Then you womder why you are treated as a nobody when you go to other countries...

    From: Josphynn

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I have been looking forward to a day like this in my lifetime, when the Nigeria Government will invoke its authority to support its own citizens anywhere in the world. Now it has come to pass with this singular event. The benefit of this fiasco is that Nigeria and Nigerians will now be treated with respect. The Federal Government must not bend low to the British authorities under any pressure. Britain needs Nigeria more than Nigeria needs Britain. Congratulations for this economic diplomacy.

    From: Ade Ade

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I am very disappointed that considering the historical ties between both countries, British Govt. allowed this dispute to reach this level. I believe Nigeria is the best friend Britain has in Africa and deserves respect. Many Nigerian bureaucrats and professionals are British trained and share alot of friendship with their Briitish counterparts. I hope this dispute will be resolved quickly for both countries to move forward.

    From: Busy bee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good to hear that the arrogant and cunning BA has been cut down to size. The British govt cannot continue to treat us as its colony. Thank you to Madam Minister and the Senate Committee Chairman on Aviation. Pls dont shift your grounds.

    From: Emeka Sly B.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This move will inconvenience travelers, including many Nigerians, who rely on regularly scheduled flights to the UK. It will hinder their businesses by cutting passenger capacity and driving up prices on this crucial route. Heathrow airport in London is run by a private enterprise, not the government, so the dispute is between one company (Arik) and another company (Heathrow airport operators). The Nigerian government has involved itself where it has no natural role and created a diplomatic mess that benefits no one. This move may be popular, because it feels good, but is actually counterproductive. Plus, any government action that causes a comparison to the Abacha era surely needs to be scrutinized by all of us.

    From: Ayo - London

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Why does it only apply to BA alone; why not Virgin as well. Afterall neither of the company is owned by the British Government; they are both privately owned. While to some extent I applaud the Nigerian government action, it is the travelling Nigerians that will suffer as the will have longer connecting time in London or even having to stay overnight in an hotel in order to connect the following day. Watch this space, the government will relent in their stance once money changed hands. Are we not talking about Nigeria. All barking and no bite.
    While on the topic of flight, how come the same government are not as pro-active in giving us a world class airport as Heathrow Airport.

    From: Alex (London)

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • let the ministry of foreign affairs begin to do same and set an investigating panel to sundry complains concerning visa and ill treatment to Nigerians

    From: kelsie

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is a welcomed development. We must stand up for our Mother Land. I had to book KLM yesterday for my christmas holiday instead of BA. Arik Air, due to this development don't have flight from UK this winter.at the moment. Another operator with a funny name that I can't recalll now is operating their flight...information from their website a night ago. I do here by beg all Nigerians travelling to and fro UK this season to forget BA and Virgin and use KLM/Air france. We must protect the jobs in Arik Air. We must protect the Nigeria businesses...I am proud Nigerian

    From: Onyedika

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • mr ayo from london, abeg keep quiet. for how long will Nigerians continue to suffer and put up with the mistreatment being dished out to us? they benefit alot from us, yet they treat us like crap. Nigerians pay alot to study abroad, yet the brits treat them without regards.

    From: moh from uk

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Apart from Ayo, nobody here seems to take the trouble to try and understand what is really going on here. And why would they if it so much easier to shout and feel slighted?
    Heathrow airport is one of the most copngested airports in the world. All airlines wishing to fly into and out of Heathrow have to see if they can purchase slots. PURCHASE that is, not whinge and demand to be given them for free. Continental Airlines paid $30 million of a pair of slots when they were allowed to serve Heathrow. Why should any airline be forced to give up assets worth millions of dollars to benefit Arik? If Arik wantgs to fly to Heathrow they should buy slots like anyone else. Otherwise, they can always fly out of London Gatwick, Stansted or Luton were slots are more readily available. Restricting BA's access to Lagos in this way is harming customers more than the airline. Everyone elses flights will be fuller and prices will go up. Well done to the government of Nigeria. Your purely populous decision will cost your citizens dearly

    From: Daniel Goldberger

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I congratulate all Nigerians on one of the best decisions coming from our government. Britain needs us more than we need them, if not BA would not have found its way back to Nigeria after the Abacha regime banned them from Nigeria. We have always fallen for their blackmails that's why we fear to take brilliant decisions like this. We might have taken the wrong decision, but history will not forgive us for not taking the decision at all, (with apology to IBB.) The important element in this decision is that it would send the right signal to this arrogant Britons that Nigeria can no longer be toyed with. Let us expect the worst from them and be ready to turn to the Asian World, as Abacha did.

    From: peter

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • nigerian should stop being arrogant, let your politicians respect themselves when they fly to UK and Nigerians stop flying and dying to go to UK ,than you have the right to complain about UK and BA.........cowards

    From: john mccee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Whilst we have not been provided with enough information to make sensible judgement of this empasse, it would have been educative to know what roles the Trade and Commerce section of the Nigerian High Commission in London did on behalf of Arik and also whether Trade and Investment Ministry has intervened without success because the truth is, do we know whether ARIK itself has complied with the rules of the Aviation Authorities over the years? We have only heard from one side.

    As for reducing the number of flights for BA

    From: Gboyega

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @Ayo
    Obviously you do not understand the language you have been baptized with by colonial Britain. You are living in London does not mean we Nigerians should play a subordinate role to any soul. The Nigerian government is right. This is the best way to bring the British down to earth, The Germans are more efficient than the British. Most Nigerians abroad are not in Britain. Get the fact right.

    From: Efe Ogun

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • My dear Minister of Aviation, God wil continue to give you the BOLDNESS to stand against the the BA bullying tactics.

    I think the rest of the NGR Federal Govt ministries can take a leaf out of your decision and start making bold moves as you have done.

    We must not be made to look like a second class citizen in our Mother land at all.

    From: GEE

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @ "Ayo-London", you've taken the words right out of my mouth. Very well stated. This is indeed a bad move.
    Most people here are keen to praise this move merely because they see it as a boost the national ego. The reality is that the consequences of the move will be drastic. Prices will definitely go up, way up. Despite claims to the contrary here, British Airways is a much loved airline by many Nigerians. We will gladly fly to Accra like we did in the Abacha era to catch our BA flights.Regardless, I expect this decision to be resolved, or at least suspended, imminently especially as the crucial christmas travel period beckons

    I would love to support a Nigerian airline provided it meets international service standards. This is certainly not the case with Arik, as evidenced by low passenger load factor on its LOS-LHR routes despite the lower fares. I think Arik may have failed to get its requested slots simply because Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports, is at maximum capacity. The same can definitely not be said of Lagos, Abuja or any other Nigerian airport, making it easier to obtain slots here. Perhaps Arik should explore the possibility of flying to Gatwick or Stansted.

    From: Monsieur Uz

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mr. AYO, you are suffering from colonial mentality. If Heathrow is run by private enterprise, Nigerian airports are owned by Nigerians represented by the govt of the day. They reserve the right to protect Nigeria's interest. You are only looking at it from the business perspective. Nigerian businesses need to be protected. Whether you like it or not, Abachas govt. foreign policy is still the best in recent times. He put Nigeria and West Africa first. He stopped the carnage in Liberia and Sierra Leone, drove out the Cameroonians from Bakassi, protected our borders by installing govts in our border countries like Benin Republic, Chad and Niger. Stabilised the Naira at 84 Naira, removed subsidy from petroleum products and created a Special Trust Fund to manage the proceeds, fought 419 and drug trafficking to a standstill, sanitised the financial sector, left a substantial foreign reserve etccccccc. Started paying back our foreign loans without taking any foreign loans. I believe that if he had succeeded in transmuting into a civilian President, he would have done more. No wonder the West killed him bc they want us in perpetual servitude.He was accused of corruption, yet his accusers have institutionalised and democratised corruption. Mind you there was no oil boom during his time. After him Nigeria's assets(our common patrimony) were sold to govt officials and their cronies at give away prices. Go on jare, madam Minister. Nigerians fully support you.

    From: Ojiofor

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Yes Mr. Arumemi Johnson, your decision to pull out of this nasty Basa Bristish tyranny was just best any good Nigerian should, this draconia colonial master are so callous when it come's to Nigeria, after all what is this special thing about UK that they will be insulting our nationhood, as far as am concern UK is moreless ADVANCE NIGERIA, nothing is fantastic about that (Push me i Push you land, called UK) cost of living is out of the common reach yet they brandish themself as world power, left for me alone i wil not allow any transit flight am in to pass through that DRY land.British Govt. BE WARNED!!!!!

    From: Kio F. Kio

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @Ayo, I don't understand where you are coming from. Are you sure you are a Nigerian? You have to understand that in international relations or diplomacy, it's always tit for tat. The British government indirectly wants to frustrate a Nigerian company out of business in order to protect theirs. The bilateral agreement was signed by the governments of both countries and not private businesses. So it is natural that both countries must honor the terms of the contract. I fully support the federal government on this move.

    From: MAX EZE

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Ojiofor, this is not the time or the place to spill your Abacha fanaticism.

    From: Monsieur Uz

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @Peter " Britain needs us more than we need them" Hahaha. Nothing short of brash and delusional.

    I don't know why we like lying to ourselves. If we don't need them why do we keep going there for degrees, vacations, second-homes, shopping, English Premier League....need I continue? I think not.

    From: Monsieur Uz

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Ayo - you're one of the few here who understand the matter. People interpreting this issue in terms of colonialism are those who are still trapped in colonialism.

    The issue is clear: BASA stipulates 21 flights both ways, but not the airports. London Heathrow is too busy to accomodate more flights, meaning that new airlines have to wait for slots or buy/lease them from other airlines for a very high price. But this is a dispute between Arik Air and the UK airport management, why would the Nigerian authorities have to punish a third party? If you have a dispute with someone, would you go and punish his neighbour? Moreover, this should have been resolved by diplomacy rather that giving in to popular demands. It is imprudent and not something to be proud of.

    Why are people defending Arik Air? The airline is funded by stolen money, the airline is not paying taxes, the managment of the airline is crap, the airline is heavily indebted, the airline is not profitable, it was in fact losing money on every single flight between Abuja and London, and the airline thinks that no rule applies for them. If it really wants to fly to London, it can still request slots for Gatwick or so.

    Finally, why did Asaba Airport deny Arik Air landing rights? Arik Air cancelled this route this week. Will the Federal Government now ban Overland Airways from flying to Lagos?

    From: John

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Why allow them fly in at all if they can stop Arik Air. They frustrated Arik out completly, Nigeria should as well do the same. The British and white people in general are so wicked, they dont wont Africans progress or anything that will benefit African people. All this is to make sure that flight ticket remain high. Please Madam Aviations minister same should go to all their airline that flies into the country not just BA. Nigeria government should let them know that they have a say as well. ann eye for an eye please. As other western countries will learn a lessen from this.

    From: Sir Paulingo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • you are all saying that it is good that BA has been downgraded from
    7 flight to 3 flights a week, this isn't any harm on British airways at all they can fly to some other destination that is needed, but think of all the money that BA brings into your country through business whom does the Brits mostly fly with there national carrier, think of the money that Lagos airport staff will lose now as to what the nigerain government, Arik Air awful airline, they owe that much money I dont know how they manage a airline, all I say good luck to u all :/

    From: Mr British

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The flying public will be the loser in the impasse.The fact that we are all trying to be patriotic Nigerian does not mean that Nigeria govt decision is right.Can someone please ask the Hon Minister if she ever flew Arik to London, the same thing goes for our govt officials, its a move only to boost our ego.,Has Arik in itself proved to be a reliable and efficient airline.Arik inflight meal from London to Lagos is nothing but a poison.Amongst many flaws.

    From: Olumide

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good News, so to say. While BA's two flight caariers enjoys free entrance, our One and only Arik Air is being given Bad Market Strategies(BMS). I ever wonder if anything good comes from ds Britain to Nigeria despite that they were our Criminal Colonial Masters. Look at France and Cameroun, everything runs smooth btwn both. Woe to Britains, that serves them right. FAAN, dont go back unless they first reintates ours normal working conditions with Arik Air. For me, its end of time to fly British Airways again even in ds Christmas peroid. I wont.

    From: Gabriel Nwanosike

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • IT BEATS ME THE WAY NIGERIANS WHO RESIDE IN THE UK REASON.THEY ARE ALWAYS AFRAID TO STEP ON AN ANT LEST THEY BE DEPORTED,RECENTLY A NIGERIAN FAMILY IN THE UK HAD THEIR CHILDREN TAKEN FROM THEM BY THE POLICE CLAIMING AN ANNONYMOUS FALSE REPORT THAT INSULTINGLY CALLED THE WIFE A PROSTITUTE WITHOUT PROOF.UP TILL LAST WEEK NO APOLOGIES, NO RETURN OF THE CHILDREN EVEN WHEN A TIMES COLUMNIST SAID HE WAS ASHAMED TO BE BRITISH OWING TO THE WAY THEY TREATED THE FAMILY AND STILL TERAT NIGERIANS.
    YOU KNOW WHAT, MANY NIGERIANS PREFER TO BELIEVE THE BRITISH TO BE RIGHT ALL THE TIME AND NIGERIA WRONG,BECAUSE IN THEIR PERCEPTION THEY DO THINGS RIGHT ALL THE TIME WHY WE DO THINGS WRONG,YET EXPENSES SCANDAL , MISMANAGEMENT AND RECENTLY HACKIUNG SCANDAL ALL IN THE UK,SHOWS WE ARE ALL HUMANS AND THAT NO ONE IS PERFECT , ANYBODY CAN BE WRONG ,PLEASE NIGERIANS WHEREVER YOU LIVE GET SOME NATIONAL PRIDE PLEASE.

    From: AGBEBAKU

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I congratulate FGN and our able minister for this move. This should also apply to Virgin Atlantic. They are both one and the same. Both countries should exercise same number of rotations per week. Any additional rotations should be conducted by mutual agreement with the weaker operator and revenues split . Just like it was done with Nigeria Airways.
    I wonder why we should even allow them that many frequencies in the first place and multiple destinations. They should be allowed only LOS and any additional flights sent to MIU or ILR.
    You can not imagine how much they repatriate monthly from excessive ticket prices on this route. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BOYCOTT IS THE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!

    From: Folake Aruleba

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good News, so to say. While BA's two flight carriers enjoys free entrance, our One and only Arik Air is being given Bad Market Strategies(BMS). I ever wonder if anything good comes from this Britain to Nigeria despite that they were our Criminal Colonial Masters. Look at France and Cameroun, everything runs smooth btwn both. Woe to Britains, that serves them right. FAAN, dont go back unless they first reintates ours normal working conditions with Arik Air. For me, its end of time to fly British Airways again even in this Christmas period. I wont.

    From: Mr. Gabriel Nwanosike

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good News, so to say. While BA's two flight caariers enjoys free entrance, our One and only Arik Air is being given Bad Market Strategies(BMS). I ever wonder if anything good comes from ds Britain to Nigeria despite that they were our Criminal Colonial Masters. Look at France and Cameroun, everything runs smooth btwn both. Woe to Britains, that serves them right. FAAN, dont go back unless they first reintates ours normal working conditions with Arik Air. For me, its end of time to fly British Airways again even in ds Christmas peroid. I wont.

    From: Mr. Gabriel Nwanosike

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @Ayo is nothing but naive.He his the type that draws the people of colur back in effort to be free of second slavery.Kudos to the minister for being not only intelligent but charismatic.

    From: Rotimi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Proudly Nigerian to the glory of God. What is good for the British is also good for Nigerians. Neocolonialist take a queue from the word of God, love your neighbour as you love yourself. God bless Nigeria.

    From: Preye

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • let there be justice for once.it is not retaliatory as some paint it, it is balancing the BASA agreement to be beneficial to both and not a one sided show.
    more courage madam and to other national issues.

    From: GOR

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • we have to stand up to face the reality which the so called Britain are doing to us by extorting our hard earn money they will always want to treat us bad,despite that they were our colonial masters,please FAAN,don't go back unless we both agree in the same terms, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    From: SLY AMECHI

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • What is going on here!!! please can Mr British, Olumde, Ayo and Daniel Goldberge PLEASE try and get some Nigerian pride and backbone!!! Nigeria pays one of the highest fares. If we are not that important then they should simply abandon the route and go away!!

    From: Omalicha

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good job.tit for tat is the name of the game.lets see who loses more money.

    From: ali garba

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • IT BEATS ME THE WAY NIGERIANS WHO RESIDE IN THE UK REASON.THEY ARE ALWAYS AFRAID TO STEP ON AN ANT LEST THEY BE DEPORTED,RECENTLY A NIGERIAN FAMILY IN THE UK HAD THEIR CHILDREN TAKEN FROM THEM BY THE POLICE CLAIMING AN ANNONYMOUS FALSE REPORT THAT INSULTINGLY CALLED THE WIFE A PROSTITUTE WITHOUT PROOF.UP TILL LAST WEEK NO APOLOGIES, NO RETURN OF THE CHILDREN EVEN WHEN A TIMES COLUMNIST SAID HE WAS ASHAMED TO BE BRITISH OWING TO THE WAY THEY TREATED THE FAMILY AND STILL TREAT NIGERIANS.
    YOU KNOW WHAT, MANY NIGERIANS PREFER TO BELIEVE THE BRITISH TO BE RIGHT ALL THE TIME AND NIGERIA WRONG,BECAUSE IN THEIR PERCEPTION THEY DO THINGS RIGHT ALL THE TIME WHY WE DO THINGS WRONG,YET EXPENSES SCANDAL , MISMANAGEMENT AND RECENTLY HACKING SCANDAL ALL IN THE UK,SHOWS WE ARE ALL HUMANS AND THAT NO ONE IS PERFECT , ANYBODY CAN BE WRONG ,PLEASE NIGERIANS WHEREVER YOU LIVE GET SOME NATIONAL PRIDE PLEASE.

    From: AGBEBAKU

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mr British thank you for all the money BA brings to us and the poorly paid staff they manage. If we were so irrelevant to BA they wont be clamouring for a resolution. Gone are the days we depended on the Brits for air!! You exploitations has no boundary seconded only the Americans!!!! When Abacha banned BA in 1996 Nigerians still went about their business but the deficit to your pocket was sooo great that you couldn't wait to get back to the fold after his demise. Arik Air is a wonderful airline and their services are good. besides they are our national carrier. Perhaps they should ban BA totally so we can invest in our own. MScheeeeew

    From: Omalicha

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Britian is Evil, they are the beast of no nation BABA Fela sang about. They are Anti Christ, they don't like the black race even when they r the ones that colonise us their time is up in Africa they should go we ve feed them enough they ve not contributed to any meaningfull development to any black race rather destructions

    From: obinna

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I have to agree, most of the postings on here are born of ignorance ... the issue is not about being 'allowed to fly to UK' this issue is about landoing slots' ... Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world and there are limited amount of slots. Arik have been offered slots at alternate airports however they are not professional enough to realise there are alteratives to LHR.

    I suggest people get their facts straight before embelishing the rather large chips they have on their shoulders !!

    From: Heathrow Oga

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Arik Air’s failure to get slots at London Heathrow has nothing to do with “disrespect” of Nigeria. The owner of Heathrow cannot offer suitable slots to Arik because Heathrow is full. Therefore Arik must buy or lease slots from another airline. This is what all airlines (including British Airways) have to do if they want to expand at Heathrow. For example in 2008 the US carrier Continental paid another airline $210 million for 4 daily slot pairs at Heathrow http://www.chron.com/business/article/Continental-opens-door-at-Heathrow-with-new-1757839.php . It should be noted that London Gatwick and London Stansted are both excellent airports. They have spare capacity and would welcome Arik Air without the need to buy or lease slots. Therefore the British government should not give an inch on this issue and should reciprocate any punitive actions Nigeria takes against UK airlines.

    From: Sean H Bowler-Lewis

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sometimes we make comments on issue we know little or nothing about. How many of us have seen the copy of BASA between the two countries? Are we in line with all the details in the signed agreement? How many of us complained about the frustration of the joint agreement between Virgin Atlantic and Nigeria Airways? Are you aware that in the signed agreement, both nations agreed on dual designation in which, the UK designated only BA and VS while we have on the list of our designation, Arik Air, Air Nigeria, Bellview Air (Now first Nation) and Kabo Air. Nigerians do not see anything wrong in all these shey? If you look into the nature of our BASA between Nigeria and many other countries, many of you will cry. Am sure that many of you are not aware of the designation OKADA Air and many other airline (without a single aircraft) to different countries while those that are willing to carry out the operations were denied same.

    From: Shina

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Too many ignorant people making comments. No wonder we are still ruled by idiots who cannot be held accountable

    From: Gboyega

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigeria should ban British Airways outright. This half hazard responses to the margilization of our carries gives the british the impetus to disrespect nigeria every time. Ban British Airways fro Nigeria air space period failing i call on all Nigerian citizens of good will to bycott British airways.

    From: Joy Rider

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Is it the Britons that bear the burden or Nigerians, how many Britons leave their country to Nigeria compared to Nigerians who economic woos are pushing out of this country.

    From: Idah Bernard

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The BA Abuja schedule should also be slashed and given to Virgin Nigeria or any other viable private airline. Then British Airways must Pay The 1.4 million pounds to Nigeria's airports authority (FAAN) to secure landing rights into Nigeria. Nigeria must learn the foreign policy of reciprocity thus we are not treated as fools in the world especially by countries benefitting from our magnanimousity.

    From: Segun Ifeanyi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good to see that the Nigerian government is standing up to these guys, unless the above strory is not true and that there are other reasons, how can anyone in his/her right mind accept the situation as it is?

    It never ceases to amaze me how some people always think negative about their country, I know we have issues but on this occassion, they have done the right thing. Well done!

    From: Tunde

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This action will prevent nothing. It would only make their remaining flight schedules more packed.Nigeria should begin to search for an Airline to replace BA. If Arik is completely prevented from flying into UK by the British, i don't see why the BA should continue to enjoy the business monopoly of flying into any part of Nigeria.Whether it is Lagos or Abuja.

    From: Stella

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Many people speak just by thinking when you take an action, it makes you important in the global market. Nigerians should have noted that it is always wrong for government to quickly take that action on things that has to do with market and business which are more so private. Will you deny Nigerians for ARIK which is even not efficient and which our government officials do not follow to UK? The Nigeria government should have negotiates with British airport authorities. More so, was it the Nigerian government that signs the agreement for Arik? Did arik consulted with you to open her borders? All this does not mean government should not help Nigerians, but to quickly cancel agreement with a government enterprise when even your own people are suffering here. You are fighting for ARIK, while all your population at home has no light, no social services and so on. Why fight for Nigeria airline in UK while 150 million are here without water and light. This hypocrasy should stop. Charity begins at home. Arik is not effiience. twce they cancel NY flight without replacement becauese no aircraft. Now government will use Nigeria money to flight via Germany, France, and netherland andcstill buy houses in London for their families. Foolish and hasty decisions are not the best

    From: Gabriel

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Yes, not only BA but, all western airline and company are making hips of money in Nigeria. A KLM staff once told me how important and lucrative the Nigerian route is to them, yet no Nigerian airline flys to Amsterdam. Thanks to madam minister for taking a prompt decision without hiding behind the cloak of "investigation".
    @ Rufus King, There was no debt or messing up of passenger by Arik in article, It's people like you, with inferiority complex, that are letting this country down. Wake up, get up, this is the 21st century, stand up for what is rightfully yours.

    From: Mallan Bature

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I am not surprised that there are Nigerians who just cant see the issues at stake; they still think that just because the UK is involved, we must tippy-toe around the matter. As a nation we have missed many opportunities and still have a long way to go BUT, we remain undeniably, a sovereign nation and have the right just as the UK does, to protect our own interests. For those Nigerians addicted to the BA gaga, get a new life. There are other European airlines to try. If your addiction is impossible to cure and you must travel by BA, PLAN YOUR JOURNEY more carefully from now. All manner of foreigners, particularly of the anglo-saxon extraction, give us shit in their countries, they come to Nigeria and dish the same stuff to us. For how long should we take their stuff. If BA wants to move out of Nigeria fine; my only sympathy will be for those Nigerians who will lose their livelihood which is regrettable. In the affairs of man, sometimes collateral damage is unavoidable but let it be for a just cause. Whether money changes hands as some myopic Nigerian in London (Alex) has alleged, makes no real difference. We know our weaknesses so you cant tell us any thing new, but do the white folks in the UK know their own? they still think they know what's best for the rest of the world - a sad state of delusion if you ask me. Bravo Govt of Nigeria. Dtand up and fight for Nigerians for a change.

    From: Akpama

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @Monsieur Uz, please if you donot have anything to say just shut, I stand to be corrected in terms of Natural and human resources Nigeria is far ahead of Britain, therefore Britain need us more than we need them, please tell me how many Nigeria companies do we have in Britain compared to the number of British companies we have in Nigeria, yes the have good expensive universities that even the British themselves can not pay for except they take loan from govt, watching premier leagues etc that you mentioned does not mean that Nigeria as a Country need Britain more, I studied in Britain, but apart from the social facilities they, the rest is falsehood living, no social morals, yobs are everywhere terrorising people, crimes committed everyday etc....only if Nigeria can get her acts together in another 20 years Nigeria will be far ahead of Britain, it is people like you who are bastards, and suffering from neocolonialism, that do not see anything good in your father land, if Nigerians has to suffer in order to deliver ourselves from another slavery from the British so be it, if there is an agreement between the two countries why do Britain has to negate on the agreement, that is not being matured and for those ignoramus saying it is a private company that manage the slots in Heathrow, then let the British Government pay for the slots and give it to Arik for the purpose of the BASA agreement....thank you madam minister continue with your good work.....

    From: Lawaye

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @John Mccee,
    Nigerians have every right to go to London and be loud, if that offends you to see black people, sorry. Before Nigerians leave London as you demand, two conditions must be met.
    1. Let ALL British companies milking the Nigerian economy leave immediately.
    2. Britain must pay compensation for all the wealth it stole from Nigeria during the colonial times.
    If you meet these two conditions, no Nigerian has any right to speak in the streets of London as you would wish.

    From: Sola Oyandoha

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The minister's action has renewed my pride and the belief that Nigeria is the place to be. I think BA's flight should be reduced to once a week. Nigeria fed the British for years with its's natural and human resources until they gained economic independent from Nigeria in 1960. They came to Nigeria in thousands in the 14th to 19th centurries without Visa, and now Nigerians cannot visit Britain for one day vacation without going through hell for the so-called Visa. Thanks for making us proud Mrs Stella Oduah

    From: Obumneme

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @ Ayo, this move will only inconvenient a few Nigerians residing in the UK. What is at stake hear is not about the useless business interest, is about National Pride. So the west should stop this nonsensical arguements about investments. Its all about lies. I am very proud about this move, because its all about my pride as a Nigerian. We have been badly treated for years by these westerners, despite years of colonial rule and exploitation.

    @ John, its you British that are cowards. can you dare to leave Nigeria? All of you will die of starvation and hunger. Nigeria is being milked to feed you. Now the freebees are not coming again, that is why you are now looting shops and your fellow countries in Europe are going bankrupt.

    From: Gbenga SA

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I love this.Nigeria and Nigerians should not be toiled with by anybody anywhere

    From: Oge

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Madam minister and her ministry have done well by this retaliation but the grace given the British Airways is even long ( 8/11/2011). Let the ban be with immediate effect for them to also feel the pain.

    From: Sabastine Chuks,Dubai

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Yep. You'll all feel very happy when your flights schedules are messed up and Arik fails to meet up with its obligations!! I cannot understan why Nigeria is proud of an airline that has been created from stolen wealth and only serves it masters to sipon more money from Nigeria.

    From: Lanre

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Good job my honorable minister. This will make BA to redress their steps on how they treat Nigerians.
    The most important thing here to talk about is Arik air customer service which is below 0%. I vowed never to fly to arik again because of very first and last experince that i had with them. Cancellation and flights delays with any explaination or appology. They will still end up to call Police for you for asking for you rights. Even the cabin crews on board that day was also compliainimng about how their management treat them. If they can work on their customer service then we will all support themto fight BA.

    From: Anonymous

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Unless we change our ways as a country ,respect and protect our interests. No body will take us serious. For too long as a country we have allowed ourselves to be taken for granted, everybody comes to Nigeria and do whatever pleases them and nothing happens. Nigeria is the only country where during off seasons ticket prices for all the major airlines remains unchanged, despite this patronage you still get treated disrespectfully. Forget the issues of slot allocations and all those crap by the BA apologist, Arik represents the only Nigerian carrier at the moment and should be accorded some accommodation in the spirit of existing mutual relationship. As Nigerians we should learn to STAND for our country, we may have leaders or should i say Rulers that we are not proud of, but this is the only country we have got. We take too much crap because of the way we present ourselves to the world. BE PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY!

    From: Mr. NIGERIA

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • but why is it more expensive to travel to lagos from london than to south africa from the same london

    From: Femi F

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Well done to the Nigerian aviation authorities ! I hope the landing fees are also increased for BA

    From: OhTallyHo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • While i am for the reduction of flight frequency to Nigeria by British Airlines,to help spur the growth of Nigerian Airlines doing this for Arik is uncalled for the AIRLINE symbolizes Mismanagement even if it Got the so called slot at Heathrow it would still squander it sorry to say ...the BASA agreement did not specify flight between Particular Airports, London has three other Airports that are capable of handling International flights did Arik Explore this option? Arik airlifts between 15 to 50 passengers on the average on the London route .it went into this agreement without proper consultation thinking passengers would flow for it like it does for BA and Virgin,even if it got the slots Arik does not have interline Agreement with other Airlines for connectivity in fact they were just kicked out of the IATA Clearing house ,most U.K Airports are Privately managed not the same in Nigeria,it was the Airport that Denied Arik slots not BA i have never flown on BA but HONESTLY given the option and with what i know i would not fly ARIK

    From: Baba Gana Modu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is terrible for all Nigerian consumers. Far from 'punishing' Britain and British Airways, they will use their aircraft to make money elsewhere. The poor Nigerian consumers will have less opportunity to fly to Europe, and the poor connections will cost us Nigerians dearly. Nigeriean businesses will suffer dearly. Mrs Oduah, please reconsider.

    From: Nigerian Flyer

    Posted: 2 years ago

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