The hope of the federal government running a national carrier, Nigeria Air, before the end of 2022, has been derailed.
This is coming on the heel of a Federal High Court in Lagos decision to renew its order directing the Federal Government and domestic airlines to maintain the status quo in their suit concerning the establishment of a proposed national carrier.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had earlier insisted that no rational court in the country can stop the takeoff of the National carrier.
But, Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa made the order pending the determination of the suit filed by The Registered Trustees of the Airline Operators of Nigeria and five others in the aviation industry.
By implication, the Federal government cannot set up any national carrier yet.
Meanwhile, the four other plaintiffs are Azman Air Services Limited, Air Peace Limited, Max Air Limited, United Nigeria Airlines Company Limited and Topbrass Aviation Limited are the first to sixth plaintiffs.
The first to fourth defendants are Nigeria Air Limited, Ethiopian Airlines, Sirika and the Attorney-General of the Federation.