Four airline operators have been sanctioned by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for violation of air transport regulations.
According to a press statement, the sanctioned four were scheduled and non-scheduled operators and were caught during a spot inspection carried out by NCAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) on them.
Their offences included non implementation of training programmes of maintenance personnel as required, irregularities concerning helicopter flight identification, deliberate violation of the Regulations, performing maintenance programme without necessary approval and using outdated manual were discovered.
NCAA noted that all these findings were found to be in violation of the regulations and were fined.
‘’Consequently, the various operators were fined ranging from one million and five hundred thousand Naira only to Two million Naira only [N1.5m – N2m]. While the operator involved in deliberate violation of the Regulations had its Air Operator Certificate [AOC] suspended for 180 days,’’ said NCAA.
The regulator maintained that it ensured that the affected personnel in question in the employment of one of the airlines are trained accordingly.
NCAA assured air transport stakeholders strict compliance with standard operating procedures, saying ‘’NCAA wishes to re-assure all stakeholders that it will continue to ensure that Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs] are strictly followed. The authority expects strict compliance with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations in the future and violations will be viewed seriously.’’