Green Africa Airways, a Lagos-based airline start-up, is commencing its Air Operating Certificate (AOC) process.
This marks another major step for the new airline which received an Air Transport License (ATL) from the Nigerian government last year. Babawande Afolabi, founder and CEO of Green Africa Airways said, “Our vision is to make safe and quality air travel profitably accessible to as many Nigerians as possible. Embarking on our AOC process – the last regulatory requirement before our inaugural flight – brings us much closer to realizing this vision.”
Green Africa Airways enters the market against a backdrop of significant headwinds, including a depreciating naira and a rapidly changing local aviation industry.
Asked how the new airline plans to navigate this operating environment, Afolabi responded, “The need for a quality airline that will better connect people and resources in Nigeria and further open up the West African seaboard is unequivocally clear. That said, we have always thought that building Green Africa Airways is going to be a classic case of an enduring house painstakingly built one brick at a time.”
The new carrier has yet to publicly announce a specific date for its first flight.