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BREAKING: FG, Trinidad and Tobago seal deal for direct flight operations

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The federal government has commenced the process to ratify a longstanding Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago that will pave the way for direct flight operations between the two countries.

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo at a meeting with the High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, Ambassador Wendell V.C De Landro, and his delegation in Abuja reiterated the need to reduce the travel time connecting from Nigeria to the Caribbean Island nation.

Keyamo noted that “The initiative stems from the recognition that the current travel routes between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago are arduous and time-consuming, often taking up to 24 hours or more on connecting flights. However, with a direct flight, the journey can be completed in just 7 and half hours. This significant reduction in travel time is poised to revolutionise bilateral relations and enhance economic and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

High Commissioner De Landro expressed commitment to expediting the process to actualize the BASA agreement, originally initiated in 2009 and had not been ratified until now and highlighted the immense potential for increased tourism, entertainment, and commerce that a direct flight connection would bring.

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Keyamo commended the High Commissioner’s initiative, noting the profound cultural similarities between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago affirming the “This agreement is commendable and timely. It will not only foster closer ties between our nations but also unlock numerous economic opportunities.”

To ensure swift progress, the Minister directed the establishment of a dedicated working committee tasked with expediting the ratification process and facilitating the involvement of a dedicated airline to service the direct route.

He said the historic meeting marks a significant step towards enhancing connectivity and cooperation between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago as well as ushering in a new era of collaboration and prosperity.

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