Nigeria is set to launch its new national carrier by the end of this year.

Minister of state for Aviation,Hadji Siriki on Wednesday unveiled the name of Nigeria’s Carrier ,as well as the logo at the Fairborough International Airshow in London.

The federal government will own no more than a 5 percent stake in the airline;it will be a “fully private sector led” according to a tweet by Tolu Ogunlesi, a communications official.


Nigeria Air will begin by flying domestically in Nigeria and the broader West Africa region,according to the Aviation Minister,Hadji Siriki added that the airline had looked into at 81 potential destinations,including to China and India,to which would expand routes “when the time is right”

Siriki said that there was a “total absence of efficient air transportation” currently in Nigeria and across west Africa ,and the sector was not adequately serviced by  private firms alone.He added that Nigeria Air was also designed to “provide employment for the people”.

As part of a plan to expand airport capacity,a new terminal at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Nigeria’s capital Abuja is to open in October.