Turkish airline pledges compliance with NCAA on transporting passengers with baggage



Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Saturday said the Turkish airline would operate with the right size of aircraft to ensure passengers were transported with their baggage.

Capt. Abdullah Sidi, the Acting Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said this after a meeting with the management of Turkish Airline in Abuja.

Sidi said in a statement issued by Mr Sam Adurogboye, NCAA’s General Manager, Public Relations, that the airline would upgrade from Boeing 737-800 to Airbus A 330 and Boeing 737-900.

“Consequent upon the suspension of Turkish airline’s operations into Nigeria and the meeting between its Management and NCAA Acting Director-General, the airline’s executives has agreed to start immediate freight of all left over passengers’ baggage in Turkey.

“This will be achieved by instantly upgrading from Boeing 737-800 being used and found inadequate to a larger Airbus A 330 and Boeing 737-900.

”The programme of clearance will be carried out from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17.

”NCAA expects strict compliance with the remedial programme,” he said.

Sidi warned all operators to ensure Nigerians were not taken for granted, adding that they should always provide safe, secure and efficient service.

Nigeria News Agency reports that NCAA in a letter dated Dec.11, with reference number,/12/16/60, had threatened to suspend Turkish Airline’s operations into Nigeria with effect from Dec 16.

It stated that the suspension would come if the airline failed to deploy the right size of aircraft to the service of Nigerians at all airports in the country.

The threat letter was issued by regulatory authority to show displeasure over cases of not bringing passengers into Nigeria along with their checked-in-baggage by Turkish airline.

Edited by: Chidinma Agu/Donald Ugwu



NCAA urges Nigerians airlines to inform authority against foreign ill-treatment



Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has urged airlines plying regional and international routes to always inform the authority in their expansions to avoid unnecessary foreign exploration.

Nuhu made the plea at a Gateway Forum organised by the League of Aviation and Airport Correspondents (LAAC) on Wednesday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Air Peace Airline had complained about exploitative treatment in some West Coast destinations.

Nuhu explained that if the authority had been carried along, it would have known how to wade in, and protect the airlines appropriately.

He said: “The airlines should always carry the NCAA, the Ministry of Aviation and the Nigerian Embassy in the country they are flying into along.

“We are here to help them grow, they should carry us along; it will be very helpful when the airlines carry the regulatory body along.

“And when they have difficulties, they should complain to us; we will stand with them and guide them and even go with them. There must be fairness from both sides,” he said.

Nuhu explained that Federal Government’s palliatives would only be given to operational airlines with valid Air Operator Certificate (AOC) which would access whatever was being tabled.

The director-general said the palliatives to be given by government have been touted to take different forms, some of which were speculated to be single digit loans for a number of years.

Nuhu, however, said the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), would not err in putting forward a defunct airline for the palliative.

“Any airline can apply, whether functioning or not, but it is a policy that participating airlines must be functioning and with Air Operators Certificate.

“I also believe that the AON has its own set of rules and they know the criteria. I believe the AON will not put forward a non-functioning airline,” he said.

The NCAA director-general explained that on the economic viability of Nigerian airlines, the COVID-19 had levelled, even the strongest of carriers.

According to him, this is different from what was happening and most were being handed bailouts to survive across the globe.

Nuhu noted that the financial health of airlines was not limited to Nigerian airlines, saying it was a global issue, especially due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

He said NCAA had seen airlines that had got millions of dollars as subsidies from their governments, and they still had issues.

Nuhu said that several airlines had sacked their workers such as British Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa and were withdrawing some aircraft.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
Source: NAN
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Shut down: Arik Air apologises to passengers over flights disruption



The management of Arik Air on Monday apologised to its customers whose travel plans were disrupted by the picketing of operations by some Aviation unions on Sept. 14.

Mr Adebanji Ola, Manager, Communications of Arik Air, made the apology in a statement in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the operations of Arik Air on Sept. 14 was shut down by the Aviation unions over alleged non payment of staff salaries since April, after placing 90 per cent of the workforce on compulsory leave and other anti-labour practices.

Ola said: “We wish to place on record that the picketing was illegal and has no backing of the aviation unions whose leadership have embraced dialogue by attending mediatory meetings called by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“The management strongly condemns this action and once again assures all stakeholders of a safe and conducive working environment.

“We shall also protect the interest of the flying public for a safe, friendly and on time travelling experience.

“We are already working with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Aviation and NCAA to resolve all pending issues with the unions and a section of the staff, ” he said.

The spokesperson, however, assured customers with valid tickets who could not fly on Monday to modify such tickets at no cost for future travels.

“We are working to bring the situation under control and the public will be advised accordingly.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
Source: NAN
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Abuja Airport receives first International commercial flight since March



An aircraft with registration number ET-AUC, operated by Ethiopia Airlines and conveying 120 passengers and 13 crew members from Addis Ababa, arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 1:32 pm on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the flight is the first to be recorded at the airport since it was shut down in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking with newsmen after the flight arrived, Capt. Rabio Yadudu, the Director-General of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), described the feat as a huge breakthrough in the aviation industry in the country.

The director-general recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria closed the nation’s airspace due to COVID-19 pandemic in March.

“The international flight that just arrived is a life saver to all of us in the aviation industry. The past seven months have been challenging to everybody in the sector.

“ The first flight that did come into domestic wings gave us a lot of confidence that we were coming back. Now the international flight. I believe every stakeholder in the aviation sector is happy.

“Having multiple international flights in a day depends on the preparation of the airline. Our airport has resumed operation and we open our doors for the airlines. Some airlines are ready to resume today while some will be ready within the week,” he  said.

According to him, FAAN is ready to accommodate and work with airlines that are not restricted.

Yadudu commended passengers for their patience and compliance with stated policy to avoid spreading COVID-19 in the airport.

Some passengers that spoke with NAN frowned at the tedious nature of the processes they went through.

They complained about the long period it took to fill the COVID-19 Test Form online.

According to Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) tweeter handle (@Nigerian CAA), the BA, Emirate, Ethiopia, ASKY and Air Cote d`Ivoire flights are scheduled to arrive Abuja Monday.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma
Source: NAN
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FG approves AIB training school, says Bureau Commissioner



The Federal Executive Council has approved plans to establish the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Training School, in the country.

The AIB Commissioner, Mr Akin Olateru, confirmed the development at the monthly Gateway Forum organised by the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), in Lagos on Saturday.

Olateru noted that it would partner with the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) in Zaria, on the training of aviators.

He further stated that the institution would enable AIB, which had not been charging money for its services, to earn money by training people from both Africa and outside the continent.

The commissioner explained that it had drawn up curriculum from Cranfield University, Singapore Aviation Training Institute, as it planned to establish a world class training school.

Olateru stated that it was important to also cooperate with various government agencies and other institutions, for training and successful accident investigation.

He said: “We had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Lagos, University of Ilorin and another University in the United Kingdom.

“We hope to sign such MoU with more Nigerian agencies such as, Nigerian Navy and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

Olateru said the AIB  had applied to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to grant it license to enable it deploy drones at crash site.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that drone is an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV), aircraft type that could fly autonomously; without a human in control.

The commissioner explained that the drones once it had been approved by NCAA, would further improve its accident investigation.

Olateru noted that the bureau was at the process of certification and that was why it did not deploy drones, during the last accident investigation exercise.

”Drone is extremely essential when accident occurs in a wider area and when it is not available, it could take a longer time to gather evidence.

”We hope to fast-track the application with the NCAA. We are putting our papers together and we are pushing the application,” he said.

He noted that the AIB presently had 36 trained air safety investigators, who had been training at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT).

The commissioner added that others were in Cranfield University in California and Singapore Aviation Training Institute.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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