Private jet owners in Nigeria face the risk of being put out of business - BUSINESS INSIDER
JANUARY 25, 2024
BY CHINEDU OKAFOR
Owners of private aircraft in Nigeria that operate for profit are ay at risk of having their licenses revoked for failure to comply. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the nation's aviation regulating authority, provided this update. Recent incidents, including a crash landing, prompted the NCAA to emphasize the necessity for private jet owners to obtain a commercial license for commercial or charter operations.
Private jet owners in Nigeria face the risk of being put out of business
- Nigeria's NCAA threatens license revocation for private jet owners in commercial non-compliance.
- Recent incidents spurred the NCAA's decision.
- The NCAA plans sting operations to ensure non-compliant operators cease activities.
A report by the Nigerian newspaper, Punch NG, showed that the NCAA is looking to confiscate the licenses of some private jet owners, who use their aircraft for rendering services because they have failed to follow the rules.
Chris Najomo, acting Director-General of NCAA, made mention of this during the recent unveiling of his agency’s projects for 2024 in Lagos.
One such case of non-compliance was when a private jet bound for the western state of Ibadan from Northern Abuja, crash-landed before arriving at its designated airport.
The National Safety Investigation Bureau noted that the business; Flints Aero Services Limited, was issued with a permit for a non-commercial flight, but yet disregarded the sanction.
Such a case is what the director-general touched on. He stressed the importance of private jet owners obtaining a commercial license to operate commercially or charter.
He then went on to avow that the NCAA would increase surveillance for jets not intended for operating as commercial aircraft.
“According to Najomo, the NCAA will do some sting operations to ensure that operators who are not ready to comply to go and get an Air Operator Certificate cease operations. He also said the NCAA was committed to simplified certification and licensing processes as this will ensure ease of doing business,” the Punch’s report reads.