Safety: NCAA increases surveillance on airlines

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…..says no airline can fly without adequate insurance cover

…..deny rumor of unsafe flight

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA’, has increased surveillance on all airlines in the country to prevent them from cutting corners.
To this end, the regulatory agency has deployed Aviation Safety Inspectors to monitor Airline operations in addition to their daily Ramp inspection.
Spokesman for the NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye said the NCAA recently carried out a safety audit on Arik Air and found no safety issues due to reports that the airline do not maintain its airplanes.
“The Authority only recently carried out a safety audit on Arik Air and there were no issue of safety concern found. Such reports should therefore be discountenanced.
All those involved in this nefarious activity should promptly desist from this course of action as the consequences is seriously detrimental to the industry, particularly the confidence of the passengers.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is well aware of the high volume of passenger movement within the country and from the diaspora during the yuletide season”
On the issue of insurance, he noted that contrary to some claims, no carrier or crew is allowed to carry out any flight operation whether private or commercial without valid or all requisite safety certificates.
The NCAA assured passengers that it would continue to statutorily provide robust regulation for safe and secure airline operations, adding that passengers should show understanding and not take laws into their hands when it becomes inevitable that flight has to be delayed or cancelled on account of unfavourable weather conditions or any other operational issues such as unavailability of fuel whenever it arises.
In addition, our Consumer Protection Directorate has been strengthened to enforce the Passengers Bill of Rights as it relates to passengers and the airlines.
The NCAA has also warned all industry stakeholders to avoid anti-competitive practices in the aviation sector.
The Regulatory Authority is expressing concern over recent cases of disinformation prevalent in the industry.
It is unfathomable that some questionable sources have been posting and circulating some cruelly fictitious stories about some airlines – insinuating a crash or claiming a particular carrier does not possess aircraft spares to sustain a safe operation using the online platform.

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