Aviation: Nigeria Signs BASA with Israel

Despite the crisis rocking the Nigeria aviation sector, Nigeria and the State of Israel Wednesday signed Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) to enable airlines from both countries fly directly to each other’s territory without stop-overs in other destinations.

Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah signed on behalf of Nigeria while her Israeli counterpart will sign for his country.

Oduah left Abuja Wednesday morning to the State of Israel for the event, a statement said.
According to the embattled minister: "The agreement signing is the culmination of 12 months of negotiations between officials of the Department of Transportation of the State of Israel and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Aviation.

"The agreement will pave way for direct flights into the two countries by designated airlines from both countries based on the Principles of Reciprocity. Before now, Nigerians travelling to Israel, including Christian Pilgrims have had to endure the long winding stop-overs in neighbouring countries before being airlifted to the Holy Land.

"The Agreement also adequately addresses the question of imbalance in the BASA between Nigeria and other contracting countries. Under the terms of this agreement, Nigeria and the State of Israel will enjoy equal rights and privileges in the implementation of the BASA."

She also said the State of Israel would join three other countries in the Middle East that have air services agreement with Nigeria.

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