NCAA Set to Revoke Licenses of Private Jets Operating Commercial Flights
- The NCAA has issued a strong warning to private jet owners offering commercial flights to influential clients
- The Authority disclosed that this act is a clear violation of the regulations and guidelines of the aviation sector
- The acting director-general of the NCAA also clarified that the aviation agency is not planning to move to Lagos from Abuja
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Captain Chris Najomo, the Acting Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has declared that private jets engaged in commercial operations face the potential consequence of license revocation.
This statement was made during the presentation of his strategic vision for the year 2024, named ‘NCAA Project 2024,’ which took place in Lagos.
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The aircraft which had the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, onboard, was found to be operating in violation of established regulations.
Private jets risk losing their license
Najomo conveyed apprehension regarding the actions of private jet operators within the nation.
According to The Sun, he highlighted that if these owners intend to function as commercial or charter operators, they must submit applications for the appropriate commercial licenses.
He emphasised that only those possessing an Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Airline Operating Permit (AOP), accompanied by a valid Air Operator Certificate (AOC), are permitted to engage in charter operations.
Furthermore, he disclosed that the NCAA would discontinue services to individuals or entities in debt, highlighting those who failed to settle outstanding payments owed to the NCAA and the federal government.
He noted that a considerable number of airlines are guilty of this financial non-compliance and reiterated the NCAA’s dedication to streamlining certification and licensing procedures.
As part of his initiatives for the year 2024, he expressed a commitment to enhancing staff welfare, providing comprehensive training, retraining, and facilitating the reorientation of the workforce.
NCAA relocating from Abuja to Lagos
Regarding the reported intention to relocate, Najomo clarified that the NCAA has not received any directive to move, and its headquarters remains in Abuja.
Leadership noted that the directive to relocate to Abuja was issued in 2020 by the former Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
However, recent instructions from the current Aviation Minister, Festus Keyamo, instructing the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to relocate to Lagos, have led to speculation about the potential relocation of other aviation agencies.