NCAA raises alarm as many airlines not ready to reopen

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has raised alarm over non-readiness of several airliners as most of them are yet to meet the requirements for resumption of operations.

Its has been  recorded that President Muhammadu Buhari had given his nod for the reopening of the country’s airports for domestic commercial operations, mandating the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to do the needful in line with existing international and local guidelines

Subsequently, the NCAA on Saturday organised a test flight from Lagos to Abuja airports, in preparation for reopening of the country’s airports.

However, the NCAA Director-General, Musa Nuhu, in a statement on Tuesday, said many of the local airlines in the country were yet to submit their safety risk assessment.

Mr Nuhu said: “The NCAA has reviewed the status of all airline operators’ preparation for the airline industry restart and discovered that several airlines are still lagging in submitting safety risk management.

“The NCAA has determined that all personnel whose licences had expired from 1st April 2020 can continue to exercise the privileges of their licences and/ratings for another extended period of up to 31st July 2020.

“This is to enable the airlines to comply with the conditions and limitations of the exemptions and give ample time to NCAA for the renewal of those licences.”

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