Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has threatened to sanction foreign airlines in the country requesting dollars for flight tickets.

The minister disclosed this while addressing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, September 7.

The Minister said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has received complaints of some foreign airlines operating in Nigeria selling their tickets in dollars, an action which violates many local laws.


He said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has been directed to deal with any of such airlines that are caught flouting the laws.

Sirika also cautioned them to refrain from using social media to place their demands rather than resorting to diplomatic channels.

The Minister also revealed that foreign airlines have made over 1.1 billion dollars so far from Nigeria since 2016, an amount which could have remained in the country if they were local airlines.

He also said the airlines remitted over 600 million dollars to their home countries in 2016, while over 265 million dollars have also been released this year.

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