In a move it says will
check the abuse of private jets in the country and regularize their
operations, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has banned the
use of private jets for charter flight services.
The ban came into effect Monday.
NCAA has introduced new measures for immediate implementation which
mandates that aircraft duly registered as privately owned should not be
used for commercial charter.
In a circular on June 24, 2020
and addressed to the Directorate of Operations and Training (DOT),
Directorate of Airworthiness Standards (DAWS) and the Directorate of Air
Transport Regulations (DATR) of the NCAA, its Director-General, Capt
Musa Nuhu, directed the application of the new regulatory regime.
to the circular, private aircraft, known as Operations Specification
Part G, which have PNCF would, henceforth, be stopped from operating for
hire and reward.
“All aircraft listed under OPS SPECS PART G
(commercial wet-lease) that is either in non-compliance or in violation
of any part thereof of NCAR (Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation) Part
18.104.22.168(b) shall be grounded with effect from Monday 29, June, 2020,”
the circular said.
According to a report in The Nation, the
NCAA has started disciplinary actions on its personnel who were privy to
allowing private aircraft for charter services.
reveal that about half of the 100 privately owned airplanes engage in
charter services exploiting lax regulations.
Nuhu also directed that: “DATR shall provide a comprehensive list, details of all PNCF
holders and all aircraft listed under their permit; all PNCF holders shall be reminded of the terms and conditions of the permit, especially the non-commercial nature. Any violation will attract penalty under
Nig.CARs, including revocation.”
He also directed the
concerned directorates in the agency to develop procedures and guidance
to ensure all NCAA staff complied with NCARs in processing all
applications and submit a single comprehensive report to him on the
implementation of items mentioned above measures taken and the reasons
why these violations were allowed and not resolved in the first
THEWILL reports that Nigerian private jet owners usually deploy their aircraft for charter services to help them pay for the lease and maintenance of their luxury jets.
from the will Nigeria