Friday, December 14, 2012

► NIGERIA: Chanchangi Airlines resumes ops with flights between Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna.

Chanchangi Airlines logoKaduna-based Nigerian carrier, Chanchangi Airlines (5B), is to resume flight operations once more, with flights being offered between Lagos to Kaduna and Lagos to Abuja, according to the company's official Twitter.

Chanchangi's sole 737-300
Chanchangi's sole 737-300 (PlaneSnapper)
The airline temporarily suspended flights in July to enable it to "fully service its aircraft". Its B737-300 (MSN 25079 | 5N-BMB) returned from maintenance in South Africa in early November thereby allowing the resumption of service, though when exactly, has not been specified.

Provisional Chanchangi Airlines (5B) Timetable
  • Kaduna - Lagos 07h00 - ?
  • Lagos - Abuja 09h00 - ?
  • Abuja - Lagos 11h45 - ?
  • Lagos - Kaduna 17h00 - ?

Established in 1994 by Alhaji Chanchangi with flights between Kaduna, Lagos, Owerri, Abuja and Port Harcourt following in 1997, Chanchangi has had a bumpy operational history. In 2010, the carrier was grounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over a regulation stating that "no airline can operate with only one aircraft in service", which was the case with Chanchangi at the time of its then 2010 closure.

Thanks to Bigogwe Masaka.