NCAA boss calls for regular interactions between Regulatory, Operators

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NCAA boss calls for regular interaction with operators

The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Muhtar Usman, has advocated for regular interactions between the Regulatory Authority and the Airline Operators of Nigeria.

Usman made the call during a meeting penultimate week with the airline operators at his Aviation House office.

The meeting was to discuss various issues affecting the aviation industry and proffer ways to build on the laudable gains so far.

Among the issues that were deliberated upon was the directive by the NCAA to the airlines to meet the deadline to join the automation platform for seamless remittance of 5 per cent ticket and cargo sales charge.

Others are that airlines should take advantage of the window of Billing Settlement Plan, Simulator training, Aircraft Inspection, etc.

At the end of the meeting, the DG thanked all present and reiterated that all airline operations must be carried out within the ambit of the law.

There was a consensus that the meeting should be a monthly affair, to be held precisely every last Wednesday of every month.

All the scheduled commercial airlines attended the meeting led by the AON Chairman, Captain Nogie Meggison, while all NCAA Directors were present.

In the same development  the NCAA has said that it has sanctioned an airline, Lyxor International, a non-schedule, general aviation operator, for violating the terms of approved flight clearance for its type of operation.

The regulatory authority grounded the airline’s aircraft at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on February 16, for the violation of airspace regulation.

THISDAY learnt that the aircraft owned by a foreign airline operated domestic charter service, which is against the regulation, as the airline did not secure any approval from NCAA to do so, and according to the rules, foreign airlines cannot fly from one local airport to another, except on peculiar circumstances when NCAA grants it such privilege.

According to the Letter of Sanction written to the airline, “NCAA’s Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) on the February 16, 2017, during a routine ramp inspection of the airline’s Bombardier Challenger CL605 aircraft, found it culpable of the infraction.”

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