Abuja - Muhtar Usman, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Tuesday threatened to sanction airlines that operate below the required standard of international best practice.
The NCAA boss said that no airline could operate within the country’s airspace without the Air Operate Certificate (AOC) from the authority.
According to him, AOC is the certificate issued by NCAA to airlines that enables them to operate in Nigeria.
Usman explained that if an airline failed to use its license between 30 days to 90 days, such airline would not be allowed to operate within the airspace.
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"For an airline to operate again, it must come to NCAA to start a process of acquiring a new licence to enable it to fly.
"Processing of renewal of licence is a continuous process,’’ the NCAA chief said.
Commenting on the monitoring of airlines to ensure compliance with safety regulations, Usman explained that the AOC clearly defined the role of airlines.
He said that airlines that do not fulfill their role in accordance with the AOC, would be made to lose their licences.
Usman also said that NCAA would issue a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) to an aircraft before allowing it to commence flight operations, stressing that the certificate qualified aircraft to operate within any airspace.