Aviation Minister Meets Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner Over BASA Agreement

…gives directives for the establishment of a working committee to expedite ratification process

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN, on Tuesday, convened a crucial meeting with the High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, Ambassador H.E Wendell V.C De Landro, and his delegation in Abuja.

The primary agenda of the meeting was to ratify the longstanding Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and the Caribbean Island nation, paving the way for a direct flight connection between the two countries.

The initiative is in recognition of the fact 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.

With a direct flight however, the journey could be completed in 7 and a half hours.

The information is contained in a statement by the SA to the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, on Media and Communications, Tunde Moshood

He said significant reduction in travel time is poised to revolutionize bilateral relations and enhance economic and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

The BASA agreement, originally initiated in 2009, had not been ratified until now.

High Commissioner De Landro expressed commitment to expediting the process, saying that a direct flight connection has potential for increased tourism, entertainment, and commerce.

Responding, the Minister commended the High Commissioner’s initiative, noting the profound cultural similarities between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago.

He remarked, “This agreement is commendable and timely. It will not only foster closer ties between our nations but also unlock numerous economic opportunities.”

The Minister gave directives for 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.

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