Nigeria Air Receives Air Transport License Today

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has presented Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of Nigeria Air, in Abuja today. 

This was made known by the Ministry of Aviation which took to its official Twitter handle, @fmaviationng to announce the presentation of the ATL to the interim board of the new airline which reads “Presentation of Airline Transport Licence (ATL) to Interim Board of Nigeria Air. Nigeria Air is here and is going to provide quality service to Nigerians.”

Nigeria Air is the nation’s proposed national carrier and it is to be a public-private partnership with the federal government maintaining a 5% stake, while 49% would be held by strategic equity partners and 46% by Nigerian entrepreneurs.

The ATL certification precedes the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), which empowers the airline to operate scheduled commercial flights.

However, reports gathered show that the AOC, which is currently under processing and has reached an advanced stage, may be given to the airline by next month.

According to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, last year said the proposed national carrier will begin flight operations by 2022.

He explained that the airline would start operations with three wet-leased aircraft, as it would take about three to five years to take delivery of an aircraft that was ordered.

“They will start with wet-leased aircraft and that’s how 90 per cent of airlines in the world would have started. So they will start with a wet-lease of three aircraft and then continue to expand, place orders and then get deliveries,” he had said.

Sirika further emphasised that the Federal Government would not have any control over Nigeria Air, rather investors in the carrier would run the business.

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