National carrier gets licence today, local airlines fault process
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is to present an Air Transport Licence to the interim management of Nigeria’s national carrier – Nigeria Air, on Monday, 6th June, 2022 barring any unforeseen change in plans, it was gathered on Sunday.
An Air Transport Licence is issued as authorisation to airlines to provide scheduled and non-scheduled services.
It is one of the licences received by airlines before they can commence operation just as they await the all-important Air Operator Certificate that fully guarantees them the right to begin air services.
The issuance of an ATL to Nigeria Air on Monday will be coming four years after the branding and livery of the new airline was unveiled by the Federal Government during the Farnborough Air Show in London.
Sources at the Federal Ministry of Aviation stated that the issuance of an ATL to the carrier on Monday was to ensure that the airline commences operations in a couple of months.
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, 6th 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, who pleaded not to be named due to lack of authorisation, stated.
Local airlines fault process, expert raises concerns Reacting to the move, an industry expert and President of the Association of Foreign Airlines and Representatives in Nigeria, Kingsley Nwokoma, stated that the government should tell whether it had got investors for the carrier.
This came as an official of local airlines under the aegis of the Airline Operators of Nigeria stated on Sunday that the AON had made its position known about moves to float a national carrier, stressing that the initiative must be transparent.
Commenting on the issue, Nwokoma said, “The minister has been on this for a while and apparently it looks like one of the key projects he wants to achieve before leaving office. This has taken a long time.