It would seem the Federal governmment is making good its threat as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has listed and invited 22 chartered airline operators to a meeting Monday next week in a bid to warn them of violation of their agreements
Federal Government has hinted at plans to suspend the defaulters should they continue to engage in operations totally different from what their agreements with the NCAA entails.
A public notice issued by the authority, it stated that, “The public is hereby notified of the list of foreign registered privately operated aircraft that have been issued with Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Flight Operations Clearance Certificate (FOCC) and Maintenance Clearance Certificate (MCC) whereby the owners are authorised to operate within Nigeria strictly for Private Operation Only and not for hire or reward (Not For Commercial Purpose) according to Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) 126.96.36.199.t.”.
The airlines’ that sanction are Air First, ANAP Business Jets, ATT Aviation Support Limited, AVJET Corporation, BUA Group Limited, Chrome Air, Delmon Aviation C&K, Dominion Air, EAN Aviation Limited, Executive Jets, Ferry Aviation Services Limited, Gitto Construzioni, Grenfact Ventures Limited, Gyro Air limited, NAMCO Nig. Limited, Orlean Invest West Africa.
Others are Prime Air, Project Eagle Air Ltd, Southern Air, SWAT Technology Ltd, Tag Aviation Ltd, and Toucan Aviation Support.
The aviation regulatory body stated that the use of these operators’ aircraft for Commercial Operations is in violation of the Nig. CARs 188.8.131.52(a)(b) and will attract appropriate sanctions by the Authority.
The Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka had at Aviation Commits Initiative held on Tuesday directed all registered private airlines in Nigeria that engage in commercial operations different from their core businesses in the country to regularise their operations on or before February 5, 2015, failing which they will be grounded by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
According to Chidoka, these aircraft that were registered for private use are now engaged in chartered operations in the country, adding that Nigerian as a sovereign state cannot continue tolerate this.
He said that private registered aircraft must learn to play by the rules and that they should either operate in accordance of the operation which they registered for or regularise their operations with NCAA.
The minister stated that any of these aircraft who fails to regularise will not be allowed to fly in Nigeria airspace.
This is just as the minister disclosed that there are about 90 private aircraft in the country engaged in General Aviation (GA).
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