The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the long talked about and awaited Nigeria’s national carrier Nigeria Air, Capt Dapo Olumide has been presented Air Transport License (ATL) by the industry regulator the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) jn Abuja today.
This is just as sources close to the Aviation Ministry hinted that the processing of the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)of the proposed national carrier is in top gear and will be ready soon.
The ATL with number NCAA/ATR1/ATL214, signed by the Interim Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu will be valid five years beginning from today June 3, 2022 to June 2, June, 2027.
Speaking,Nuhu said today in Abuja that ATL was 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.
According to him,“ 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 fulfilment 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 added.
Nuhu said Nigeria stand 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(SAATM) as a nation would increase Gross Domestic Products (GDPs).
Responding, the Acting Chief Executive Nigeria Air,Capt. Dapo Olumide, thanked NCAA for the good job executed leading to present ATL to Nigeria Air.
Olumide said the team would definitely double efforts in to fulfil all necessary processes to receive AOC certificate from NCAA to start flying.
“We already have aircraft identified because, that is one of the requirement 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.
ATL certificate is issued as authorization to airlines to provide scheduled and non-scheduled services.
Recall Nigeria Air applied for ATL in April 2022