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NCAA to licence new National carrier, Nigeria Air to start operations

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is expected to hand over an Air Transport Licence (ATL) to the interim management of Nigeria’s national carrier – Nigeria Air, on Monday, according to a report.

The Air Transport Licence would enable the new airlines the authority to operate scheduled and non-scheduled flights in the country.

The Air Transport Licence is a precursor to the all-important Air Operator Certificate that fully guarantees them the right to begin air services.

The issuance of an ATL to Nigeria Air will be coming four years after the branding and launching of the new national carrier by the Federal Government during the Farnborough Air Show in London.

The planned issuance of an ATL to the carrier was to ensure that the airline commences operations in a couple of months.

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In July 2018, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, unveiled the branding and livery for Nigeria Air in London and stated that the airline would be inaugurated at the end of that year. But this did not happen.

Since then there had been several efforts to get the proposed new airline running, as interim management was created recently to drive the process for the full establishment of the carrier.

“The NCAA will on Monday, June 2022 present the Air Transport License to the interim management of the Nigeria Air, Nigeria’s national carrier,” a senior official at the FMA stated.

In late March this year, Nigeria Air Limited announced that it had applied to the NCAA for a licence to operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services.

It disclosed this in a public notice and explained that this was part of the requirements for granting an Air Operating Licence.

“The transitional adviser is going to request for proposal next week Monday. The government will own five per cent, Nigerians will own 46 per cent and the international partner airlines will take 49 per cent shares,” Sirika.

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