Lagos - Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has released a list of commercial and charter airlines it has approved to operate in the country.
This is part of measures to clamp down on illegal charter airlines operating in the country.
In a public notice, the NCAA said 26 operators had been cleared to carry passengers and cargo.
According to the notice, the approved airlines include Aero Contractors Nigeria, Allied Air, Arik Air, Associated Aviation, Atlantic Aviation, Bristow Helicopters, Caverton Helicopters, Chanchangi Airlines and Dana Airlines, among other leading airlines.
Others are Dornier Aviation, First Nation Airways, Hak Air, IRS Airlines, Jed Air, Kabo Airlines, King Airlines, Max Air and Med-View Airlines.
Odengene Air Shuttle Service, Overland Airways, Pan African Airlines, Skybird Air, Skyjet Aviation, Skypower Express Airways, Topbrass Aviation and West Link Airways.
The notice, which NCAA Director-General, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, signed, stated said it had come to the attention that “several unlicensed operators have engaged in the extremely dangerous practice of providing air transportation without meeting the regulatory requirements and without appropriate insurance coverage.”
Akinkuotu further said some of these illegal operators did not have the requisite maintenance facilities thus seriously endangering the lives of Nigerians.
“Worse still, these illegal operators employ mostly foreigners as crew, thereby denying Nigerians employment opportunities in the industry,” he said.
– CAJ News