August 20, 2017

Nigeria, India to revive direct flights

India is set to review the bilateral air service agreement (BASA) with Nigeria so that airlines can operate non-stop flights to both countries.

Indian high commissioner Mahesh Sachdev said direct flights were necessary as trade and investment between the two countries now stands at $26 billion.

“We are negotiating with Nigeria renewal of BASA. Ideally, it should be possible for us to use the opportunity to ensure direct flights, especially for medical tourists,” Xinhua quoted him as saying.

According to the envoy, the excellent relations between Nigeria and India were evident in the current volume of trade.

“The data from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in the first quarter of this year shows we have become the largest market in Nigeria, overtaking the US,” he added.

Sachdev said the current trade figure was in favour of Nigeria, with an annual gain of $12 billion. “Nigeria sells more than they buy from India.”

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