15 COUNTRIES SIGN BILATERAL AIR SERVICE WITH NIGERIA .......13 OTHERS TO RENEGOTIATE
By Olaseinde Morenike
Fifteen (15) countries have so far indicated their preparedness to sign Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) with Nigeria. While 13 other countries are in threshold of renegotiation.
These renegotiations with Nigeria will take place at the forthcoming 8th International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Conference (ICAN 2015) taking place in Antalya, Turkey.
This development is good for Nigeria as BASA increases revenue generation for airports, air navigation and other service providers. It encourages employment and transfer of technology.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will be enhanced which will impact on the nation’s Gross National Product (GNP) and economic development generally.
BASA promotes international air link between countries, which supports and enables movement of persons, cargo, trade and tourism.
Nigeria presently has Bilateral Air Service Agreement with eighty countries. Twenty-nine of these BASA are active, sixteen in Africa, seven in Europe, five in Middle East / Asia and one in the Americas.
Meanwhile 51 BASA’s are presently inactive because they are yet to designate their airlines and the designated ones are yet to commence operations
Turkey, Belgium, Qatar and ten other countries renegotiated a Bilateral Air Service Agreement with Nigeria to pave way for direct flights between the countries on the principle of reciprocity by the designated airlines of these countries.While Oman, Curacao, Mauritania and twelve other countries are in the pipeline.
The signing of this agreement will strengthen bilateral ties between these countries and increase their economies.
Bilateral Air Service Agreements are usually renegotiated when countries have new requests they want included in the existing agreement. These requests could be made for additional frequencies, new / extra entry points and additional designation of airlines (multiple designations).
Renegotiation could also be necessitated by changes in the industry or adoption of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practises (SARPS).
Countries whose BASAs are in the pipeline;
7) New Zealand
13) Sri Lanka
15) Republic of South Korea
Countries renegotiating BASA with Nigeria
13) New Zealand