MINISTER of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has announced that regulations violators, UK-based Flairjet has been fined N500, 000.00k each for flouting the nation’s regulations by conducting commercial flights after given approval for humanitarian operations.
The Minister in a tweet announced,”Flairjet were found to violate our Civil Aviation Regulations IS 1.3.3(a) Table 2(IV)7(a) and IS 1.3.3 (a) Table 2(VIII)(4). The maximum penalty for each is N500,000:00K. We caused them to pay and reported their callous misdemeanor to UK CAA, MFA and the UK High Commission.”
Recall last Sunday, a Legacy 600 aircraft with the registration number G-ERFX which had 13 passengers’ seats and piloted by Capt. Andy Bell had applied for Humanitarian Evacuation to London according to its flight plan was scheduled to depart London Stansted Airport on Saturday 17, 2020 at 08:00hrs with the flight number FLJ611 and six passengers onboard.
The aircraft had a first landing at Alcante El Abet Airport in Spain with six passengers at 12:25hrs.
From Spain, the jet departed for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos with the same flight number: FLJ611 and landed at the airport with seven passengers at 13:05hrs under the guise of essential flight.
Also, the jet was scheduled to leave Nigeria with seven passengers to Alcante El Abet airport in Spain at 20:20hrs and was to be handled by Execujet Aviation Nigeria Ltd at the Lagos Airport.
It was in Nigeria that government officials discovered that the airline actually operated commercial flight into Nigeria with a plan to return with another seven passengers onboard.