NCAA Takes Action: Private Jet Operators Suspended for Unauthorized Commercial Flights

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has taken decisive action by suspending the permits of three private jet operators found to be conducting commercial flights without proper authorization.

The announcement came through a stern notice posted on the NCAA’s website, attributed to the Acting Director General, Captain Chris Najomo.

This move follows a warning issued by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, who expressed concerns about private jet operators exploiting their permits for commercial purposes, leading to substantial revenue losses for the government.

Keyamo emphasized the disparity in fees between private and commercial licenses, highlighting the economic ramifications of unauthorized commercial operations. He vowed to crack down on offenders to uphold safety standards and safeguard government revenue.

Responding promptly to the minister’s directive, the acting DG of NCAA suspended the permits of three jet operators found guilty of flouting regulations by engaging in commercial flights.

Despite previous warnings, these operators persisted in conducting commercial operations, prompting the regulatory authority to take action to ensure compliance and safety.

The suspension underscores the NCAA’s unwavering commitment to enforcing aviation regulations and maintaining safety standards within the industry.

In addition to the suspensions, the NCAA announced plans to conduct a thorough review of all Permit for Non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) holders to verify compliance with regulatory requirements.

Operators are directed to submit relevant documents within 72 hours to demonstrate adherence to regulations, with a particular focus on ensuring that aircraft listed for commercial charter operations are properly authorized.

The public is advised to only engage with charter operators holding valid Air Operators Certificates issued by the NCAA to avoid risks associated with unauthorized operations.

Furthermore, the NCAA urges stakeholders in the aviation industry to promptly report any suspicious activities for necessary intervention.

This decisive action by the NCAA reflects a commitment to upholding regulatory standards and ensuring the safety and integrity of Nigeria’s aviation sector.


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