The Ministry of Aviation, through its Minister, Hadi Sirika, Yesterday announced to the General that the Nigeria Air Limited has gotten its Air Transport License (ATL) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), as a step towards the launch of the Country’s National Air Carrier
Nigeria Air, The proposed national carrier which was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in England on July 18, 2018. But the project got suspended two months after it was announced as critics raised concerns over its relevance and sustainability. The proposed airline was expected to gulp $8.8 million preliminary cost and $300 million as takeoff cost.
Nigeria’s defunct carrier, Nigeria Airways, collapsed some years back, owing largely to corruption and lack of proper management. But the Nigerian government dismissed all concerns raised, saying the airline would begin operation before the end of 2018, following President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to establish a national airline during his 2015 electioneering campaign.
Six months ago, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved April 2022 as the commencement date for the operations of the country’s national carrier, Nigeria Air“.
Nigeria Air Limited received from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) an Air Transport License (ATL), signaling the end of the beginning of operations of the Airline. Commencement date of domestic operations will be announced in due course,” Mr Sirika tweeted on Monday.
Mr Sirika also made it known then that 49 per cent of the Nigeria Air project will be made open to equity partners and 46 per cent by Nigerians while the Federal Government will own five per cent of the shares.
The presentation of the ATL to the Interim Board of Nigeria Air took place at the Corporate Headquarters of the NCAA, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
The ATL certificate signed by the director general of the NCAA, Musa Nuhu, will run for a period of five years (June 3rd, 2022 to June 2nd, 2027).
This is one of the certifications that needs to must be acquired by airlines before they can commence operation while they await the all-important Air Operator Certificate (AOC) that will fully guarantee ‘Nigeria air’ the right to begin air services.
The new national air line will be providing scheduled and non-scheduled services.