The Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo (SAN), yesterday, convened a crucial meeting with the High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, Ambassador H.E Wendell V.C De Landro, and his delegation in Abuja.

The primary agenda of the meeting was to ratify the longstanding Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and the Caribbean Island nation, paving the way for a direct flight connection between the two countries.

The initiative stems from the recognition that the current travel routes between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago are arduous and time-consuming, often taking up to 24 hours or more on connecting flights. However, with a direct flight, the journey can be completed in just 7 and a half hours. This significant reduction in travel time is poised to revolutionize bilateral relations and enhance economic and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

The BASA agreement, originally initiated in 2009, had not been ratified until now. High Commissioner De Landro expressed his fervent commitment to expediting the process, highlighting the immense potential for increased tourism, entertainment, and commerce that a direct flight connection would bring.

In response, Honourable Minister Keyamo commended the High Commissioner’s initiative, noting the profound cultural similarities between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago. He remarked, “This agreement is commendable and timely. It will not only foster closer ties between our nations but also unlock numerous economic opportunities.”

To ensure swift progress, the Minister has directed the establishment of a dedicated working committee tasked with expediting the ratification process and facilitating the involvement of a dedicated airline to service the direct route.

This historic meeting marks a significant step towards enhancing connectivity and cooperation between Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago, ushering in a new era of collaboration and prosperity.