Nigeria Air receives operating licence from civil aviation authority
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Monday, 6 June, 2022 presented the Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of Nigeria Air.
Nigeria Air is the nation’s proposed national carrier and it is to be a public-private partnership with the federal government maintaining 5 percent stake, while 49 percent would be held by strategic equity partners and 46% by Nigerian entrepreneurs.
The Ministry of Aviation took to its official Twitter handle, @fmaviationng on Monday, announcing the presentation of the ATL to the interim board of the new airline.
It wrote: “Presentation of Airline Transport Licence (ATL) to Interim Board of Nigeria Air. Nigeria Air is here and is going to provide quality service to Nigerians.”
The ATL certification precedes the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), which empowers the airline to operate scheduled commercial flights.
A former managing director of the defunct Virgin Nigeria Airways, Capt. Dapo Olumide, has been appointed as the interim MD of the airline.
It was gathered that the AOC, which is currently under processing and has reached an advanced stage, may be given to the airline by next month.
Recall that the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, last year said the proposed national carrier will begin flight operations by 2022.
The minister explained that the airline would start operations with three wet-leased aircraft, as it would take about three to five years to take delivery of an aircraft that will be ordered.
“They will start with wet-leased aircraft and that’s how 90 percent of airlines in the world would have started. So they will start with a wet-lease of three aircraft and then continue to expand, place orders and then get deliveries,” he had said.
Sirika further emphasised that the Federal Government would not have any control over Nigeria Air, rather investors in the carrier would run the business.
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