The hammer of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has fallen on FirstNation Airways.

The NCAA has announced the suspension of the Air Operators Certificate of the airline indefinitely.

The NCAA said on Sunday that the suspension was conveyed to the airline via a letter with reference no. NCAA/DG/CSLA/RM/1-06/18/2304 dated May 11, 2018, and signed by the Director-General, Capt. Muhtar Usman.

According to the NCAA, the airline has acknowledged the receipt of the letter.

In a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, the regulator stated that the suspension was sequel to the flagrant and continuous violation of the terms and conditions of the issuance of its AOC by the carrier, thereby carrying out unauthorised and illegal operations.

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Adurogboye stated that when the AOC of FirstNation Airways expired, the airline did not have at least two airworthy aircraft capable of servicing its approved schedule as required by Part 9.1.1.6(b) (2) (ii) of Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation (Nig.CARS), 2015.

He added that upon further investigation, it was discovered that the airline had disregarded all warnings and continued with the unauthorised and illegal operations in violation of its AOC terms and conditions of issuance.

According to Adurogboye, in addition, the operators of the airline are expected to return the AOC to the NCAA’s Director of Operations and Training within seven days of receiving the letter.

He added that anytime the airline demonstrated ability and willingness to comply with the extant regulations, the NCAA would review its suspension and restore the AOC to enable it to commence operations.

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