The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that a total of 16,880 scheduled domestic flights were delayed between January to June, 2018 while 2,443 international flights were delayed between the same periods.
This is just as he disclosed that the industry recorded a total of 17,893 delayed /missing baggage on the international route.
This was made known by the Director General of NCAA, Capt, Usman Muhtar while speaking at the 2nd NCAA Interactive Forum With Aviation Agencies and Airlines Public Relations and Information Managers held today at the agency’s headquarters Annex at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA),Lagos
He gave the number of scheduled domestic flights cancelled as 253, international flights canceled stood at 95 while 25 delayed/missing baggage was recorded on the domestic route.
On the licences issued within the period under review, NCAA said that it issued two Air Transport Licence (ATL) and that four ATL were renewed
On aircraft registration, the NCAA boss said that 20 aircraft were registered for commercial air transport, 10 for general aviation operations, 10 aircraft de-registered, 12 aircraft re-registered,30 certificates of airworthiness were issued and 85 certificates of airworthiness were renewed.
The NCAA DG added that between January and June 2018,the regulatory body renewed 64 Air Traffic Controllers(ATCs) licences, issued 34 flight dispatchers licences and conducted 1, 537 exams for various categories of professionals.
On whether the regulatory body has sanction erring airlines and aviation professionals, who violates safety regulations, which NCAA viewed seriously, Usman said that the agency sanctioned five airlines, several flight crews, penalised engineers and that an aviation training organisation was also penalised within the period under review.
Speaking on the number of training organisations that were certified, the NCAA Director General said 15 organisations were certified while 11 organisations are under processing.
On economic regulation, Usman stated that NCAA had began process of streamlining aviation charges, adding that aviation charges in Nigeria are quite moderate compared to other countries.
He posited that there are some existing charges in other countries that are not applicable in Nigeria and that this is done not to overburden airlines, hence the lesser charges in the country.
The Director General said that as part of the economic regulation and to know the financial health of airlines, NCAA has directed that airlines must render their monthly financial obligations in line with the provision of aviation regulations and must also submit financial health returns.
Thirty six pilots, he said were issued licences,750 pilots medical and instrument renewed,23 foreign licences were converted, 242 cabin crew licence issued,206 cabin crew medical renewed and 68 aircraft maintenance engineers issued.
Meanwhile, the DG stated that the essence of the interactive session was to create synergy between information managers and also share information.
He appealed to information mangers to at all times manage information before it gets to the public.
At the forum were PR managers from aviation agencies, airlines, aviation related organisation and the media.