NCAA to with­draw AOCS of unau­tho­rised char­ter flight op­er­a­tors

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The Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity has threat­ened to sanc­tion air­line op­er­a­tors who en­gage in char­ter op­er­a­tions with unau­tho­rised per­mits.

“By this, any oper­a­tor caught en­gag­ing in such unau­tho­rised ser­vices will have its Air Oper­a­tor Cer­tifi­cate sus­pended or re­voked,” the NCAA said in a state­ment signed by its Gen­eral Man­ager, Pub­lic Re­la­tions, Sam Adurog­boye, on Sun­day.

The NCAA said the gen­eral pub­lic should be re­minded that hold­ers of Air Trans­port Li­cence and Air­line Op­er­at­ing Per­mit with valid Air Op­er­a­tors Cer­tifi­cates were the only au­tho­rised op­er­a­tors to carry out char­ter op­er­a­tions.

The reg­u­la­tor stated that this was in line with its statu­tory re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of safe­guard­ing the in­ter­est of the gen­eral pub­lic and that of the in­vestors in the avi­a­tion sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to the agency, the Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Reg­u­la­tions (NIG.CARS) 2015 Part 18.2.3.1. states that no per­son should use any air­craft in Nige­ria for hire and re­ward in pub­lic trans­port cat­e­gory to pro­vide non-sched­uled or char­ter air ser­vice un­less such a per­son holds an ATL or Air­line Op­er­at­ing Per­mit is­sued by the au­thor­ity.

It added that for the pur­pose of ver­i­fi­ca­tion and au­then­ti­ca­tion, the list of cur­rent hold­ers with ap­pro­pri­ate au­tho­ri­sa­tion to carry out char­ter op­er­a­tions could be found on the NCAA web­site.

The NCAA said, “It, there­fore, fol­lows that any mem­bers of the pub­lic trans­act­ing busi­ness with any unau­tho­rised op­er­a­tors will be do­ing so at high risk as such op­er­a­tions may not have valid in­sur­ance cover.

“The Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity will con­tinue to en­sure strict com­pli­ance to safety reg­u­la­tions as vi­o­la­tion[s] will be viewed se­ri­ously.”

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