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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nigeria Gets Air Safety OK; Airlines Can Apply To Fly To US-Report

IBADAN, Nigeria -(Dow Jones)- Nigeria has qualified for category 1 air safety rating from the U.S. government that allows Nigerian carriers to apply to operate in the U.S. with their own aircraft, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Tuesday.

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders, Monday handed over the certification letter to Nigeria's aviation minister Fidelia Njeze at a media briefing in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, according to the report.

Sanders said Nigeria has complied with International Air Safety Standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United Nations Technical Agency for Aviation.

"With the IASA Category 1 rating, Nigerian air carriers may now apply to operate to the U.S. with their own aircraft," the agency quoted Sanders as saying.

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