NCAA suspends 10 private jet operators for recertification

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operations of ten private jet operators over their failure to initiate the recertification process as mandated by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023 Part 18.3.4.

These operators were found to be in violation of the rules that prohibit Permit for Non Commercial Flights (PNCF) holders from using their aircraft for commercial operations or charter services.

According to the statement released by Mr. Michael Achimugu, the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at the NCAA, all holders of PNCF were directed to undergo re-evaluation by April 19, 2024.

However, the ten private jet operators failed to comply with this directive, leading to the suspension of their PNCF.

The suspended private jet operators include Azikel Dredging Nigeria Ltd, Bli-Aviation Safety Services, Ferry Aviation Developments Ltd, Matrix Energy Ltd, Marrietta Management Services Ltd, Worldwide Skypaths Services, Mattini Airline Services Ltd, Aero Lead Ltd, Sky Bird Air Ltd, and Ezuma Jets Ltd.

The agency emphasized that it is illegal to engage PNCF holders for commercial purposes, and enforcement actions will be taken against any operator found guilty of illegal operations.

NCAA officials have been deployed to General Aviation Terminals (GAT) and private wings of airports to monitor the activities of PNCF holders and ensure compliance with aviation regulations and standards.

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