The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has warned that any airline operator engaged in unauthorized charter operations will be heavily sanctioned.
The Air Operator Certificate, AOC, of such an operator would either be suspended or revoked, NCAA said.
The warning was issued in a statement by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye on Sunday in Lagos.
Stating that the sanction was to ensure safety, he informed the general public that holders of Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Airline Operating Permit (AOP) with valid AOC were the only authorised operators to carry out charter operations.
Adurogboye said further: “This is in line with the NCAA statutory responsibilities of safeguarding the interest of the general public and that of the investors in the aviation sector.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015 Part 188.8.131.52. states thus: No person shall use any aircraft in Nigeria for hire and reward in public transport category to provide non-scheduled or charter air service unless such a person holds an ATL or AOP issued by the authority.
“For the purpose of verification and authentication, the list of current holders with appropriate authorisation to carry out charter operations can be found on the NCAA website: www.ncaa.gov.ng.
“It therefore follows that members of the public transacting business with any unauthorised operators will be doing so at a high risk as such operations may not have valid insurance cover.
“The NCAA will continue to ensure strict compliance with safety regulations as violation(s)will be viewed seriously,” Adurogboye said.