Although it is not clear yet what the new national carrier will be called, a Nigerian owned airline is making a comeback.

In fact, the proposed national airline would be unveiled before the end of this year, according to the Federal Government.

As part of the plan to hit the ground running, the government said on Sunday that it had received the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance for the airline, adding that the project was progressing adequately.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed this at the headquarters of the Aviation Ministry in Abuja while receiving the certificate of compliance from the Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC Chidi Izuwah.

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Sirika said the presentation of the certificate to the government was an official approval of the process through which the project had gone so far.

He says the issue of national carrier for Nigeria was very close to the hearts of both the government and the people.

"This was why the government had taken the Public-Private Partnership option with the belief that it was the only way to deliver an airline that would stand the test of time," he stressed.

The minister commended the efforts of the ICRC in ensuring that the national carrier project remained on track through the observation of all legal regulatory frameworks.

Sirika also expressed satisfaction with the way the transaction advisers had carried out their assignments and gave an assurance that the national carrier that would be delivered would be world class in operation and management.

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