An Air Algerie MD-83 crashed near Gao in Mali on July 24, while en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to the Algerian capital Algiers. On July 25, French troops in Mali located the wreckage and confirmed that all 116 people on board had been killed. They located one of the aircraft’s flight data recorders.
Economic Community of West African States
With the recovery of business aviation in the mature Western markets of Europe and North America still sketchy, Africa has emerged as one of the bright spots of growth, and the jewel in the crown is Nigeria, where oil and gas production has been the principal driver behind a massive growth in business traffic. The rise of the sector in Nigeria has been phenomenal, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. That was the abiding message from the second Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, which was held in Lagos at the end of March.
The first Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, hosted last week by Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) in Lagos, was deemed a “resounding success” by the organizers, delegates and speakers. More than 100 delegates attended the event, which was intended to raise awareness of the growing business aviation industry in Nigeria.
Business aircraft movements at Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria have more than doubled from a year ago to an average of 15 daily movements. Flights arriving at the African FBO are predominantly coming from Europe as business executives enter Nigeria. Arrivals from the Middle East are also increasing, it added. Driving the growth is expansion of the oil and gas energy industries, which have attracted renewed interest from European companies.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria is ready to support growing volumes of business aviation traffic heading to West Africa and wants EBACE visitors to know that it can provide a secure and capable port of entry for Nigeria’s capital, Lagos.
Civil aviation authorities in some developing world states appear to be turning to commercial flight-planning groups to handle the issuing of overflight and landing permits, raising questions about possible conflicts of interest and lack of transparency.