Why we sanctioned four Nigerian airlines –NCAA

NCAA threatens sanctions against unauthorised charter operations

No fewer than four Nigerian airlines have been sanctioned by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, for violating the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NigCARs).

Three of the airline operators will pay fines ranging from N1.5 million to N2 million.

The Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of the fourth operator was suspended for 180 days.

The action of the NCAA was revealed on Sunday in Lagos by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye.

Those sanctioned, he said, included both scheduled and non-scheduled operators.

He however did not disclose their identities.

Adurogboye said the sanction followed the deficiencies noticed when NCAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) visited their premises.

The crimes, he said, included non-implementation of training programmes for maintenance personnel as required and irregularities concerning helicopter flight identification.

He added:  “Also discovered were deliberate violation of the regulations, performing maintenance programme without necessary approval and the use of outdated manual.

“NCAA has directed that the maintenance personnel be trained immediately.

“NCAA wishes to assure all stakeholders that it will continue to ensure the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are strictly followed.”