NCAA Renews Azman Air’s Licence After Suspension

 

A day after withholding the Air Transport License (ATL) of local operator Azman Air, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given its nod for the airline to resume its flight operations.

NCAA Director-General, Musa Nuhu, had in a statement on Thursday confirmed the suspension of Azman Air over the inability of the airline to provide the required documents for the renewal of its ATL.

He said one of the critical documents was the tax certificate, which the airline could not provide because it failed to remit ticket and cargo sales charges amounting to N1.2 billion to the aviation agency.

READ ALSO: NCAA Refuses Renewal Of Azman’s License As Airline Fails To Meet Requirements

Nuhu, in a terse statement on Friday, however, said the regulatory agency has renewed Azman Air’s licence.

The move, according to the NCAA chief, is to enable the airline to resume flight operations.

“Consequent upon the fulfilment of all outstanding requirements, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has renewed the Air Transport Licence (ATL) of Azman Air, enabling the Airline to resume flight operations,” the statement read.

NCAA Refuses Renewal Of Azman’s License As Airline Fails To Meet Requirements

 

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it is withholding the Air Transport License ( ATL) of local operator Azman Air till a time when the carrier provides the required documentation for its operational licenses renewal.

According to the NCAA, after the documents have been provided, the airline would have to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on how it would remit it’s N1.2bn legacy debt accrued from collection of Passenger Service Charge( PSC).

The Director General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu who spoke to journalists via a Whatsapp call this afternoon, confirmed this development.


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The ATL is issued as authorisation to airlines to provide scheduled and non-scheduled services. It is one of the licenses received by airlines before they can commence operation just as they await the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) that fully guarantees them the right to begin air services.

Captain Nuhu stressed that without the ATL, the airline’s Air Operators Certificate (AOC) becomes invalid.

The NCAA DG said Azman must provide Tax Clearance as one of the documentation for its ATL and must sign the MOU to negotiate it’s debt remittance which is part of the N42bn and $7.8m debt in PSC.

He added that the Regulatory agency is standing by the decision it made last month that any airline that doesn’t pay the legacy debt owed will not have its licenses, AOC, and ATL renewed.

Buhari Approves FG’s Takeover Of Gombe Airport 

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Governor Inuwa during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, September 9th, 2022.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the takeover of the Gombe State Airport by the Federal Government.

Governor Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe State made the disclosure on Friday while addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with the President.

He explained that the move would ensure the availability of funds to maintain the facility throughout the lifespan of its operation.

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Only recently, officials of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) inspected facilities at the Gombe International Airport and certified it for the airlift of Muslim pilgrims in the State to Saudi Arabia, in June.

According to him, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is building an Air Force base on the airport premises while additional facilities are expected to enhance management and business activities.

FG To Sanction Foreign Airlines Over Refusal To Sell Tickets In Naira

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika

 

 

The Federal Government has threatened to sanction foreign airlines in the country over their refusal to accept naira payment for flight tickets.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known at a briefing today after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said intelligence reports indicated that some of the airlines refuse to sell in naira but charge ticket fares in dollars instead, in violation of Nigerian laws.

The minister disclosed that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has been directed to deal with any of such airlines that are caught flouting the laws.

Sirika cautioned them to refrain from using the social media to place their demands rather than resorting to the diplomatic channels.

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According to him, foreign airlines have made over 1.1 billion dollars so far from Nigeria since 2016, an amount which could have remained in the country if they were local airlines.

He further revealed that the airlines remitted over 600 million dollars to their home countries in 2016, while over 265 million dollars has also been released this year.

Dana Air Concludes Internal Safety Management Systems (SMS) Training

 

Dana Air has announced that it has concluded it’s internal Safety Management Systems (SMS) Training for top management staff and post holders.

Speaking on the concluded safety training, the Accountable Manager of the airline Ememobong Ettete said, “We have just concluded our Safety Management Systems training for top management staff and post holders.

“The NCAA audit is also still ongoing and we have made a huge progress having upped the ante on all our processes and procedures, but the SMS training is a periodic training for staff to enhance their knowledge on safety both in the office and across all aspects of our operations.”


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Indefinite Suspension: We’ll Come Back Stronger, Says Dana Air


“Also in attendance at this training which was observed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) are some of our newly appointed post holders: Director of Safety and Quality, Director of Maintenance and Engineering, Director of flight Operations, Chief Pilot and Safety Manager all of which we will announce to our customers, vendors and partners very soon.”

“We wish to once again thank our loyal customers, clients, partners, and vendors for their patience and understanding in the course of the ongoing audit and reassure them that as a responsible corporate citizen and a proudly Nigerian brand, we remain committed to the relationships we have built for the past 14 years of our operations,” he added.

N19bn Debt: NCAA Threatens To Suspend Airlines

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A logo of the NCAA.

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has read out a riot act to local airline operators in the country over N19bn in debts.

The Director General of NCAA, Capt Musa Nuhu, on Tuesday, threatened that the aviation regulator will not hesitate to suspend the Certificates of Air Operator’s defaulting airlines.

He spoke at a briefing in Lagos with members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria and ground handlers

The regulatory agency said any indebted airline must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for payment, noting that any airline that defaults three times will have its AOC suspended.

Nuhu further said airline operators are painting government agencies black over their current woes.

He said domestic airlines have collected over 19 billion naira and did not remit to the NCAA for onward distribution

Nuhu also hinted that the NCAA and other agencies are set to review agency charges after 13 years.

Indefinite Suspension: We’ll Come Back Stronger, Says Dana Air

 

Dana Airlines has affirmed that its Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) have been suspended indefinitely, however, the commercial airline says it will come back from the suspension stronger. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Dana Airlines said it was suspended for an operational Audit which as advised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), takes effect from midnight 20th July, 2022.

According to the airline operator, operational audits are regulatory and airlines are obligated to suspend their operations when the NCAA calls for it.


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The commercial airline in its communique said it “understand the impact this suspension will have on our partners, staff, passengers and the general public but we are very confident that we would come out stronger as we have done in the past”.

Dana further assured the NCAA that it is fully ready and committed to cooperating with the aviation authority in the course of the audit.

The airline also reassured its customers and partners that they are safe, efficient and reliable.

“The recent skyrocketing cost of Jet A1 at 830/litre, unavailability of forex, inflation are also contributory factors to this decision regrettably.

“We crave the understanding and patience of our customers, travel and business partners and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience our short absence from the market might cause,” Dana Airlines entreated.

The air service provider said its customer service team will continue to operate 24/7 to assist affected customers with necessary information on refunds, adding that its offices will be open to all existing partners.

The NCAA suspended Dana Airlines operations on Wednesday with NCAA Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, saying in a statement that “the suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.”

The NCAA chief explained that the decision was the outcome of a financial and economic health audit carried out on the airline by the Authority, and the findings of an investigation conducted on the airline’s flight operations recently, which revealed that Dana Airlines was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations.

“The NCAA acknowledges the negative effect this pre-emptive decision will have on the airline’s passengers and the travelling public and seeks their understanding, as the safety of flight operations takes priority over all other considerations,” the statement added.

UPDATED: NCAA Suspends Dana Air Operations Indefinitely

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A file photo of a plane operated by Dana Air.

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Dana Airlines’ Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC), indefinitely.

NCAA Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

He stated that the suspension of the operations of the airlines would take effect from midnight of July 20.

“The suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015,” Nuhu said.

According to him, the suspension order has since been communicated to the management of Dana Airlines.

The NCAA chief explained that the decision was the outcome of a financial and economic health audit carried out on the airline by the Authority, and the findings of an investigation conducted on the airline’s flight operations recently, which revealed that Dana Airlines was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations.

“The NCAA acknowledges the negative effect this pre-emptive decision will have on the airline’s passengers and the travelling public and seeks their understanding, as the safety of flight operations takes priority over all other considerations,” the statement added.

 

Dwindling Options For Passengers

The suspension of Dana Air operations adds to the woes and challenges bedevilling the aviation industry.

On Monday, Aero Contractors announced the temporary suspension of its “scheduled passenger services operations”.

The conditions of Aero’s decision, however, had nothing to do with regulatory action by the NCAA.

Aero contractors explained in a statement that its decision was “due to the impact of the challenging operating environment” on the airline’s daily operations. The suspension took effect on Wednesday.

“This does not in any way affect the Maintenance activities of the Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) otherwise known as AeroMRO, the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) also known as Aero Training School, the Helicopter and Charter Services operations,” the airline said.

The airline acknowledged the inconvenience the move might cause.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to our esteemed customers and promise to return to service as soon as possible,” it said.

Airlines in the country have battled challenges in recent times, mainly as a result of the upsurge in the price of aviation fuel and other issues. The challenges which had led airlines to threaten to shut down operations and interventions by the government have remained in place leading to the latest announcement by Aero.

The management reflected this in its statement, stressing that the suspension of passenger operations was a tough decision.

It said, “This decision was carefully considered and taken due to the fact that most of our aircraft are currently undergoing Maintenance, resulting in our inability to offer a seamless and efficient service to our esteemed customers.

“We are working to bring these aircraft back to service in the next few weeks, so we can continue to offer our passengers the safe, efficient, and reliable services that Aero Contractors is known for, which is the hallmark of Aero Contractors Company of Nig. Ltd.”

NCAA Presents Operating License To Nigeria Air

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has presented an Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of Nigeria Air.

Nigeria Air is the country’s proposed national carrier, led by Captain Dapo Olumide.

An ATL certification is a document that states the kinds of operations a carrier will embark on scheduled, non-scheduled, cargo air services within and outside Nigeria.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Air To Get Operating License On Monday

This licence precedes the Air Operator’s Certificate which empowers the airline to operate scheduled commercial flights.

The ATL signed by the Director-General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, will run for a period of five (5)years from June 3rd, 2022 to June 2nd, 2027.

The new national airline is expected to provide scheduled and non-scheduled services. It is one of the licenses received by airlines before they can commence operation just as they await the all-important Air Operator Certificate (AOC) that fully guarantees them the right to begin air services.

Nigeria Air Limited, the country’s proposed national carrier had in April 2022 applied to the NCAA for a license to operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo service

Nigeria Air To Get Operating License On Monday

 

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A logo of the NCAA.

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is expected to present Nigeria Air, the country’s proposed national carrier with Air Transport Licence (ATL) on Monday.

The licence will be presented to the interim management of the airline at the headquarters of the aviation regulatory body in Abuja.

This was made known on the Instagram handle of the Ministry of Aviation @fmaviationng which reads, “The @NigerianCAA will on Monday, June 6th, 2022 present the Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of the #NigeriaAir, Nigeria’s national carrier at the NCAA’s Corporate headquarters, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja”.

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The new national airline is expected to provide scheduled and non-scheduled services. It is one of the licenses received by airlines before they can commence operation just as they await the all-important Air Operator Certificate (AOC) that fully guarantees them the right to begin air services.

Nigeria Air Limited, the country’s proposed national carrier had in April 2022 applied to the NCAA for a license to operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services.

NCAA Advises Pilots, Operators On Safety Measures During Rainy Season

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A logo of the NCAA.

 

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised pilots and airline operators to exercise caution over aviation hazardous weather as the rainy season approaches.

This was contained in an Advisory Circular (AC) with reference no AC: NCAA-AEROMET – 33 initiated by the Directorate of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards (DAAS) addressed to all Pilots and Airline Operators and signed by the Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu on Tuesday.

The AC is coming on the advent of the Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) released for the year 2022 by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

NIMET has predicted early/late March as the commencement of the rainy season across the Southern states while April/May and June 2022 is the onset of the rainy season in the central and northern parts of Nigeria.

The rainy season, at outset, is usually characterized by severe thunderstorms and many other hazardous weather phenomena such as severe turbulence, microburst, and low-level wind shear events that could affect the safety of flight operations. Hence, the need for all stakeholders to perform their roles as stated below in order to ensure the safety of flight operations.

With the issuance of this circular, Advisory Circular (AC): NCAA – AEROMET 32 is accordingly cancelled.

Therefore, enumerated below is the responsibility of Air Traffic Controllers in the interest of safety:

Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) may temporarily close the airspace when hazardous weather conditions such as severe thunderstorms, squall lines microbursts, or level wind-shear are forecast by NIMET.

On the other hand, enumerated below are a series of responsibilities for Pilots and Flight Crew/Operators:

i Flight Crews/Operators and ATCs shall ensure strict adherence to aerodrome operating minima.

ii Pilots shall exercise maximum restraint whenever adverse weather is observed or forecast by NIMET.

iii Pilots /Flight Crew Members shall obtain adequate departure, en-route, and destination weather information and briefing from NIMET Aerodrome Meteorological Stations prior to flight operations.

In view of the above, operators are required to play a key role in ensuring adequate measures are put in place to lessen the effects of the attendant flight delays and cancellations on their passengers occasioned by hazardous severe weather during the rainy season in accordance with Nig. CARs, Part 19.

While the Authority urges all passengers to exercise patience and understanding during this period as their safety is of utmost importance, stakeholders should ensure strict compliance to safety regulations as violations would be viewed seriously.

2,038 Persons Died From Air Crashes In Nigeria Between 1969 And 2022 – AIB

File photo: Caregivers work at the scene of an accident involving a Nigerian military aircraft that crashed killing seven occupants on board at the Airport runway near Nigeria’s capital Abuja, on February 21, 2021. AFP

 

The Accident and Investigation Bureau (AIB) has said 2,038 persons died from air crashes in the country in 1969 and 2022.

This is according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AIB, Akin Olateru. He made the remark in Abuja on Sunday during an occasion to mark the International Day for Commemorating Air Crash and Victims and their Families.

“In Nigeria, from the year 1969 to 2022, a total of 2,038 (1996 on board passengers and 42 on ground) lives have been lost to air crashes,” Olateru said during the event.

“When an aircraft accident or serious incident occurs, it is always an unexpected and mostly fatal event that causes great distress and loss to the victims and their families.”

The AIB boss said the International Civil Aviation Organisation is putting up modalities to support families of victims of air crashes. He said the assistance includes providing service to address their concerns.

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“The ICAO policies and guidelines ensure that the needs of the victims and their families are addressed in a timely manner,” he stated.

He “therefore, would like to use this opportunity to recommend that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority put in place effective policies and regulations that will mandate airline operators in the country to have Family Assistance Plans as part of their emergency plan or procedure.

“The NCAA should also ensure that such assistance programmes are supervised, exercised and audited appropriately.”

The event comes on the heels of recent complaints about the frequency of delayed flights in the country. But the situation is being tackled squarely, the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, assured.

He explained that a committee has been set up to look into the incessant delays in flights.