Nigeria's National Carrier To Begin Operation In December 2018

The Director - General , Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt . Usman Muhtar, has confirmed December as the commencement date for the proposed national carrier .

According to Muhtar, the process of getting an Aircraft Operators Certificate takes just 90 days once the operator meets the requirement .

The DG told journalists in Lagos on Tuesday that the possibility of the national carrier completing the process was feasible within the timeframe .

He said the Federal Government had resolved to involve aviation agencies ’ heads in the task force set up to ensure the commencement of the airline because it wanted to get it right .

“They are not midwifing it in the real sense of the national carrier , but they are guiding the process to ensure that it is done in line with international standards and best practices in the area of safety , security and also comfort of passengers, ” Muhtar stated .

He added that several airlines did not last in the industry because they did not follow the guidelines given to them .

The NCAA boss noted , “This time around, the government says we should ensure that even before commencement , nothing is short - circuited and that the right process is followed .

“The NCAA guides operators when it comes to documentation and preparation of the manual , which we produce . If there are errors or corrections , the NCAA works to see that everything comes out clean. All these we did with all other airlines .

 So , it is not unusual that you find us in that task force . ”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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