Home / Aviation News / NCAA says Aero, First Nation Airline still in business despite operation suspensions
Director General NCAA, Usman Mukhar

NCAA says Aero, First Nation Airline still in business despite operation suspensions

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has dismissed sundry claims that some airlines are winding down their operations stating on the contrary, that these airlines are merely suspending their operations temporarily to enable them undertake certain operational overhaul and strengthen their overall operational outlay.

Yesterday Aero Contractors announced the suspension of their scheduled operations while First Nation Airlines had not been operational for a week.

According to the NCAA, one of the airlines, Aero Contractors Ltd., at present has only one serviceable aircraft and this in contradiction to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARS) which stipulates that no airline operator shall carry out schedule commercial operation with only one aircraft.The minimum acceptable number is three aircraft.

Director General of the NCAA, Captain Usman Mukhar who signed the statement said,”In other words, any airline with one aircraft is in contravention of the Authority’s regulations therefore cannot be adjudged to be capable of providing safe operation.The only option available is to suspend your operations temporarily while other aircraft arrive in due course.”

“However, NCAA’s Regulations provides a window for such operator to embark on non schedule operations in the interim.”

Aero in a statement through its media  consultant,Simon Tumba also sent a statement stating that the airline has not shut down operations  but suspended scheduled operations stating further that the Rotary Wing (helicopter and Dash 8 charter) and MRO are still in operations.

On First Nation Airlines, the DG in the statement said the airline part is in the middle of an Engine Replacement Programme for one of its aircraft.

“The First Nation Airlines on its part is in the middle of an Engine Replacement Programme for one of its aircraft.Another aircraft is due for mandatory maintenance as its allowable by the Regulatory Authority. In these circumstances, these airlines clearly cannot continue to undertake schedule operations, hence the inevitable recourse to self-regulatory suspension.”

Managing Director of the airline Kayode Odukoya confirmed as much in a telephone conversation with Nigerianflightdeck.com earlier today stating that what was done was voluntary to ensure maintenance took place.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in turn said that on no account will it compromise safety and security of airline operations in the airspace.

“Every facet of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARS) and Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) must be adhered to with due diligence.In addition, everything has been put in place to continue to ensure compliance.”

About NigerianFlightDeck

mm
Nigerianflightdeck is an online news and magazine platform reporting business stories with a bias for aviation and travel. It is borne out of the intention to inform, educate as well as alter perceptions with balanced reportage.

Check Also

Ebola resurgence: Nigerian authorities advise airlines to exercise vigilance, step up surveillance

TRAVEL advisories and precautionary measures have been enacted all over Nigerian airports following the resurgence …

NAMA Director advises African CAAs to emulate Nigeria, train ATSEP

As airspace agency trains 80 personnel in NCAT this year DIRECTOR of Safety Electronics and …

Policy makers recognize urgent need for licensing ATSEP

THE need for urgent licensing of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) to further enhance …

Newrest ASL picketing enters day 8 as NLC, NURW join fray

PICKETING continues in front of Newrest ASL as the National Union of Air Transport Employees …

Nigeria has to start exerting influence internationally to protect its carriers-Olowo

What is power? When ADC was grounded in London our former president Abacha grounded British Airways here, that is power and authority. So, basically politics is politics and the elements of politics we must look at it even in business. We shouldn’t just put our own son on the stage and back out.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: