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NCAA Commences Investigation into United Nigeria Airlines’ Flight Diversion

N46bn debt: NCAA threatens to withdraw airlines’ licences

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding United Nigeria flight NUA 0506 to Asaba and the confusion it has created in the public domain.

This is contained in a statement signed by NCAA Director – General, Capt. Musa Nuhu on Monday in Abuja.

”However, preliminary steps have been taken pending conclusions of ongoing investigation.

“The Authority wishes to reassure the traveling public that it will leave no stone unturned as it has always done in the past to ensure continued safety of the aviation industry, ” he said.

The regulatory body reassured the travelling public that it would leave no stone unturned as it had always done to ensure the aviation industry’s continued safety.

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NCAA suspends 10 private jet operators over failure to begin recertification

National carrier gets licence today, local airlines fault process

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended 10 private jet operators over failure to commence the recertification process.

A statement signed by NCAA’s Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Michael Achimugu, said the suspension was rooted in its Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023 Part 18.3.4 which forbids holders of Permit for Non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) from using their aircraft for carriage of passengers, cargo or mail for hire or reward which is commercial operation or charter service.

The suspended operators are Azikel Dredging Nigeria Ltd, Bli-Aviation Safety Services, Ferry Aviation Developments Ltd, Matrix Energy Ltd, Marrietta Management Services Ltd, Worldwide Skypaths Services, Mattini Airline Services Ltd, Aero Lead Ltd, Sky Bird Air Ltd and Ezuma Jets Ltd.

The authority also warned that engaging PNCF holders for commercial purposes is illegal.

It said, “And It will not hesitate to initiate enforcement actions against any PNCF holder found guilty of illegal operations.”

In April, the NCAA suspended three private jet operators’ permits for commercial flights.

The Acting Director General of the NCAA, Chris Najomo, at the time, said the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, gave marching orders for the cessation of the use of private jets for commercial purposes in 2023 but the operators continued in such act.

“Subsequently, in March 2024, the NCAA had issued a stern warning to holders of the permit for non-commercial flights, PNCF, against engaging in the carriage of passenger-cargo or mail for hire and reward,” Najomo stated.

“The Authority had also deployed its officials to monitor activities of private jets at terminals across the airports in Nigeria.

“As a consequence of this heightened surveillance, no fewer than three private operators are involved in violation of the annexure provision of their PNCF and Part 9114 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023.

“In line with our zero tolerance for violation of regulations, the Authority has suspended the PNCF of these operators.”

The regulator had also directed that all non-commercial flight permit holders be re-evaluated on or before April 19, 2024.

“All PNCF holders will be required to submit relevant documents to the authority within the next 72 hours.

“This riot act is also directed at existing Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders, who utilise aircraft listed on their PNCF for commercial charter operations.”

The regulator stressed that only aircraft listed in the Operation Specifications of the AOC were authorised to be used in the provision of such charter services.

“Any of those AOC holders who wish to use the aircraft for charter operations must apply to the NCAA to delist the affected aircraft from the PNCF and include it into the AOC operations specification.”

The NCAA urged the travelling public not to patronise any airline charter operator who does not hold a valid Air Operator Certificate issued by the NCAA.

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FAAN cracks down on Airport touts, establishes Courts for prosecutions

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has intensified its efforts against extortion and illicit activities by touts at Nigerian airports.

FAAN’s Managing Director, Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku, announced this initiative during a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday.

Kuku highlighted that numerous reports had been received about touts harassing and extorting passengers. She pledged to eliminate such illegal activities to ensure a seamless and pleasant experience for travelers.

The Director of Special Duties, Henry Agbebire, will lead a dedicated committee to combat these issues.

To enforce the zero-tolerance policy, magistrate courts will be established at international airports to expedite the prosecution of offenders.

Kuku also emphasized collaboration with all government agencies at the airports to ensure strict compliance with the new measures.

In addition, FAAN will set up dedicated phone lines and QR codes for passengers to provide feedback on their airport experience.

All airport personnel will be required to display their on-duty cards and name tags for easy identification and accountability.

This crackdown follows FAAN’s recent warning against bribes and extortion ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, aiming to assure travelers of a smooth and secure journey.

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Aviation Minister announces suspension of $300 helicopter landing fee

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, on Friday, announced the temporary suspension of the controversial $300 helicopter landing fee.

The decision came after the Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, rejected the fee, insisting that it was commercially injurious.

A statement by the spokesman of the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Odutayo Oluseyi, said a committee has been charged to look into the issues raised by concerned stakeholders and submit a report before the end of June.

The statement reads, “Following a meeting with the AON executive on the issue bordering on Helicopter landing levies collection at Aerodromes, Helipads, Air Strips, etc, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has temporarily suspended the enforcement granted Messers NAEBI Dynamic Concept Ltd, by the Federal Government, as consultants to collect such levies.

“The suspension is with effect from 30th May, 2024. This, the Minister said, is a result of clamor for review by some stakeholders in the industry.

“Accordingly, Keyamo has constituted a Committee with members drawn up from the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development and its relevant Agencies, Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, International Oil Companies, IOCs, and Messers NAEBI Dynamic Concept Ltd who are charged to look into the issues raised by concerned Stakeholders and submit a Report on or before end of June 2024.

“Messers NAEBI Dynamic Concept Ltd was granted the exclusive right by the Federal Government as consultants to collect such levies which stakeholders have expressed their reservation on the appropriateness of the levies.

“The recommendation of the Committee would proffer a way forward.”

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