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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has raised the benchmark for the airworthiness of all flying aircraft in the country. Subsequently, any commercial aircraft which government officials do not  authorize due to safety issues, cannot carry passengers of any category.

The NCAA pronounced this yesterday to all domestic airline operators, warning them to avoid flying faulty aircraft and cancelling flights unnecessarily. Acting Director General of the NCAA, Benedict Adeyileka, gave this new order while issuing the Air Operator’s Certificate to Azman Air Services, the latest addition to the domestic branch of the air transport industry.

According to him, the era in which domestic airlines abuse passenger’s rights by delaying and cancelling flights is over. Such acts would no longer be condoned by the regulatory authority and airlines must seek the safety of its operations as a primary responsibility, warning that any airline that has a questionable safety record will be banned.

“Any airline that NCAA and its officials cannot fly will not be allowed to operate. Such airlines will be banned,” Adeyileka said.

“This is the reason all domestic airlines must ensure they have adequate spares for aircraft maintenance, avoid flight delays and unnecessary flight cancellations. The NCAA will not grant any extension for crew license approvals and aircraft maintenance. It must be noted that NCAA inspectors do not issue air operators’ certificate,” he further added.

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This article was first published on 13th May 2014

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