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Local Airlines To Undergo Re-Certification

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Local airlines operating scheduled commercial flights are to undergo re-certification by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), before resuming operations.

NCAA had earlier issued a post-COVID-19 restart advisory circular, containing protocol for scheduled carriers.

The circular, with number NCAA-AC-FSG-001, mandates scheduled commercial airlines to apply and obtain an approval from the authority to resume operation once the restriction is lifted.

The General Manager Public Affairs, Sam Adurogboye, who confirmed the development, said it was part the proactive measures to prepare stakeholders ahead of resumption to achieve seamless flights.

“One of the requirements the airlines will be required to comply with as one of the immediate restart actions is the COVID-19 Public Health Corridor Concept Protocol. It covers a diverse range of topics to protect against COVID-19 infection from passenger boarding, passenger and flight protection in flight to disembarkation. In case of a COVID-19 threat on board, a process to manage the situation is also required.

“The guidance is broken into immediate actions, short, medium and long-term plans by the NCAA to assure operational licenses and aircraft airworthiness certifications are readily available for the airlines to resume operations as quickly and seamlessly as possible when the pandemic is over.

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“The immediate, short, medium and long-term plans are organised to address key functional areas listed above which are critical and dependent on the airlines and the Authority. Though ANSP and Airport Operations are critical to flight operations, the actions related to those areas are addressed by two separate sets of guidance issued by the NCAA. This plan is limited to only actions required to be taken by airlines to obtain the NCAA approvals to restart operations,” the circular read in part.

The airlines will be required to show evidence of compliance with actions listed under the immediate action plans required by the NCAA.

“No airline will be given start-up clearance without meeting the restart requirements,” it added.

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