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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Qatar Airways Reveals They were never Interested in Nigerian Air

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Qatar Airways has revealed that they were never interested in being a core investor in Federal Government’s national carrier project, Nigeria Air, Vanguard reports.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, said his company was not looking to be a core investor, adding that the government only approached their management on how to go about floating a national carrier.
This was revealed during a chat with newsmen on the sidelines of the ongoing 18th Doha Forum in Doha, Vanguard reports.
While refuting rumours that the national carrier project was suspended for lack of investors, Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation had listed Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airways as some of the potential investors of the national carrier.
“We never applied to serve as core investor in the proposed Nigerian national carrier. The government of Nigeria only approached us on how to go about setting up the carrier. And we advised that Nigeria needs massive investments to float a national carrier,” Vanguard quoted Al Baker to have said on Sunday.
“Nigeria, being the largest country in Africa, cannot afford not to have a national carrier that competes, first in Africa, and then the global stage. Again, Nigeria must also have the airport that can accommodate modern aircraft that can drive competition.”


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