Nigeria’s National Carrier To Start Operation In December

By Ikenga Chronicles June 13, 2018

Nigeria’s National Carrier To Start Operation In December

The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Usman Muhtar, has said the proposed national carrier would start operations by December this year.

Muhtar said the process of getting an Aircraft Operators Certificate takes just 90 days after operator has meet the requirement.

The DG told journalists in Lagos on Tuesday that he is optimistic of having the national carrier start operations within the timeframe.

He said the Federal Government had resolved to involve aviation agencies’ heads in the task force set up to ensure the commencement of the airline because it wanted to get it right.

“They are not midwifing it in the real sense of the national carrier , but they are guiding the process to ensure that it is done in line with international standards and best practices in the area of safety , security and also comfort of passengers,” Muhtar stated.

He blamed lack of adherence to guidelines for reasons why several airlines do not last in the industry.

The NCAA boss noted, “This time around , the government says we should ensure that even before commencement, nothing is short- circuited and that the right process is followed.

“The NCAA guides operators when it comes to documentation and preparation of the manual, which we produce. If there are errors or corrections, the NCAA works to see that everything comes out clean. All these we did with all other airlines. So, it is not unusual that you find us in that task force.”

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