BREAKING: NCAA suspends 10 private jet operators for violating regulations

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the licenses of 10 private jet operators for failing to comply with regulatory requirements
. The NCAA acting director-general, Chris Najomo, disclosed that the operators violated the annexure provisions of their Permit for Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF) and Part 9114 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, 2023.

A statement signed by NCAA’s Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Michael Achimugu, said the suspension was rooted in its Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023 Part 18.3.4, which forbids holders of Permit for Non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) from using their aircraft for carriage of passengers, cargo or mail for hire or reward, which is commercial operation or charter service.

The NCAA had previously issued a stern warning to PNCF holders in March against using private jets for commercial purposes

The authority deployed personnel to monitor private jet owners at airport terminals, leading to the discovery of three operators who violated regulations. The NCAA has now suspended the PNCF of these operators and will conduct a re-evaluation of all private jet owners' compliance with regulatory requirements within the next 72 hours.

Officials say the NCAA's zero tolerance for violations of regulations is aimed at further sanitizing the general aviation sector. The authority encourages legitimate players in the aviation industry to promptly report any illegal activities for necessary action.

The suspended operators are; 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 authority also warned that it is illegal to engage PNCF holders for commercial purposes.

It said, “And It will not hesitate to initiate enforcement actions against any PNCF holder found guilty of illegal operations.”

NCAA in April, suspended the permit of three private jet operators for engaging in commercial flights.

The Acting Director General of the NCAA, Chris Najomo, at the time, said the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, gave marching orders for the cessation of the use of private jets for commercial purposes in 2023 but the operators continued in such act.

“Subsequently, in March 2024, the NCAA had issued a stern warning to holders of the permit for non-commercial flights, PNCF, against engaging in the carriage of passenger-cargo or mail for hire and reward,” Najomo stated.

“The Authority had also deployed its officials to monitor activities of private jets at terminals across the airports in Nigeria.

“As a consequence of this heightened surveillance, no fewer than three private operators are involved in violation of the annexure provision of their PNCF and Part 9114 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023.

“In line with our zero tolerance for violation of regulations, the Authority has suspended the PNCF of these operators.”

The regulator had also directed that the re-evaluation of all non-commercial flight permit holders be carried out on or before the April 19, 2024.

“All PNCF holders will be required to submit relevant documents to the authority within the next 72 hours.

“This riot act is also directed at existing Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders, who utilise aircraft listed on their PNCF for commercial charter operations.”

The regulator stressed that only aircraft listed in the Operation Specifications of the AOC were authorised to be used in the provision of such charter services.

“Any of those AOC holders who wish to use the aircraft for charter operations must apply to the NCAA to delist the affected aircraft from the PNCF and include it into the AOC operations specification.”

The NCAA urged the travelling public not to patronise any airline charter operator who does not hold a valid Air Operator Certificate issued by the NCAA.
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