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FG Nabs Black Market Airline Operator, Vows Clampdown



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Following recent complaints on activities of illegal operations by private jet owners in Nigeria, the federal authority has disclosed that culprits have been nabbed just as it is also scaling up its oversight functions in order to eradicate such nefarious businesses that cost the country billions of naira in revenue.

Describing the act whereby private jet owners use their aircraft for commercial purposes black market operations, Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt Musa Nuhu said the agency is prepared to arrest the situation by frequently carrying out ramp checks of hangers where aircraft are parked.

Capt. Musa Nuhu spoke at an online question and answer session with the Chairman, Africa Business Aviation Association, AfBAA, Mr Nike Fadugba, said where he revealed that the NCAA has a culprit currently being investigated having been nabbed by its inspectors.

According to the CAA helmsman, a number of measures have been put in place that will ensure such erring operators are identified and made to bear the full weight of the law.

Capt Nuhu affirmed that the hitherto melt out sanction on charter operations run foul of its regulations in the form of fines and certificate sanctions as well as the permit for non-commercial flights, PNCF, a condition private operators are required to abide by.

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