The Federal Government has suspended the planned commencement of operations of Nigeria Air.

Although no reason was given for the suspension, it was gathered that the national carrier project had been put on hold in the interim.

The Federal Government, through its Ministry of Transportation, the Aviation arm, had announced in July that Nigeria Air would commence operation before the end of this year.

But in a tweet yesterday, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated that the project had been suspended.

“I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the national carrier project in the interim. All commitments due will be honoured. We thank the public for the support as always,” he tweeted.

On July 18 this year, the Federal Government unveiled the branding and livery for Nigeria Air and stated that the carrier would be inaugurated at the end of the year.

Sirika unveiled the proposed carrier’s branding and livery at a press conference during the Farnborough Air Show in London, United Kingdom.

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