Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has announced plans to establish a new national airline in 2012, which will be nine years after former national carrier Nigeria Airways was liquidated.
Aviation Minister Stella Oduah announced the plan during a chat with her followers on social networking medium 'Twitter', according to the private Punch newspaper on Wednesday.
''We are working on a national carrier that will be publicly owned, with limited financial contribution from the government,'' she said. ''Government will act as a regulator and provide an enabling environment for this objective to be achieved.''
She said the government was reviewing the models of national carriers in other countries, adding: ''We are working to deliver the national carrier by next year.''
Proponents of a national carrier to replace Nigeria Airways said it would boost Nigeria's image and help to realise the dream of making the country an air transport hub.
Several privately-owned Nigerian flag carriers have since been established since the liquidation of Nigeria Airways.
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