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COVID-19: NCAA to sanction defaulting airlines over disregard for protocols

In line with its regulatory duties, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has threatened to revoke the license of domestic airline operators over non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

The NCAA Director General, Mr Musa Nuhu, issued the warning yesterday in a letter to all operators (DG39/20) with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/267, dated September 21 in Lagos.

The title of the letter was “Non-Compliance with COVID-19 Protocols’’.

Nuhu said the warning was necessary because some domestic airlines had been flouting the protocols.

The director general added that disobedience of the laid down rules on protocols would attract severe penalties, including revocation of approval.

According to him, the continued non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocols will attract severe penalties up to and including cancellation of approval to resume domestic operations.

He said: “It has been brought to the notice of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority that some domestic airline operators have not been complying with the COVID-19 protocols.

“These protocols were released through All Operators Letter (AOL) DG035/20 ref. NCAA/DG/AIR/ 11/16/260, dated Sept. 4 and an Advisory Circular (AC) NCAA-AC-AMS-006, also dated Sept. 4.

“Approval for resumption of domestic operations are predicated on compliance with the above protocols.”

Nuhu added that this was a warning to all domestic operators who were not in compliance to desist from such acts immediately.

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