ATL Is Pre-requisite For Nigeria Air’s AOC Acquisition, Says NCAA
The Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu says the Air Transport License (ATL) certificate he presented to Nigeria Air’s interim management today in Abuja is “a prerequisite for the airline to acquire Air Operation Certificate (AOC) to start operating.”
According to him, NCAA works and supports all operators currently existing and aspiring in the industry to get necessary documents after meeting all the requirements.
“This ATL has gone through all the processes. So, at this point in time, I will like to do the presentation. We look forward for the fulfillment of the AOC process so that we can hand over AOC certificate to you.
“As the regulator, we work with operators. That is a goal to promote the growth of the industry. It is important to have strong airlines in Nigeria in view of the Single African Transport Market.
“Also, in view of Africa Continental Free Trade Area which can make significant contribution to the growth of Nigerian economy, “ he said. Nuhu said Nigeria stood to get the best from the AU Agenda 2063 Air programme being one of the largest market in Africa. He said participating in Single Africa Air Transport Market as a nation would increase Gross Domestic Products (GDPs).
Responding, the Acting Chief Executive Nigeria Air, Mr Dapo Olumide, thanked NCAA for the good job executed leading to presenting ATL to Nigeria Air. Olumide said the team would definitely double efforts in order to fulfill all necessary processes to receive AOC certificate from NCAA to start flying.
“We already have aircraft identified because, that is one of the requirements for the NCAA. We are waiting for the terms of agreement with Provider of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
“What we need now is to go through stages to get AOC certificate from NCAA. No magic in the process. It is not something that can be issued because they like your face.
“When you have an AOC and ATL, you can commence commercial scheduled operations. The date to start operation is largely based on the process one is following to get the AOC certificate.“ he said.