Posted by Sade Williams
Nigerian government on Sunday announced that it has fined a United Kingdom based airline, FlairJet N1 million for violating its Civil Aviation Regulations IS 1.3.3(a) Table 2(IV)7(a) and IS 1.3.3 (a) Table 2(VIII)(4).
Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika announced this on his verified twitter account @hadisirika, saying the Federal government has also reported the misdemeanor to UK Civil Aviation Authority, MFA and the UK High Commission.
“Flairjet were found to violate our Civil Aviation Regulations IS 1.3.3(a) Table 2(IV)7(a) and IS 1.3.3 (a) Table 2(VIII)(4). The maximum penalty for each is N500,000:00K. We caused them to pay and reported their callous misdemeanor to UK CAA, MFA and the UK High Commission”, the Minister said.
It will be recalled that last week, the Federal government impounded an aircraft belonging to the company for operating commercial flight as against the humanitarian operations it was given approval to operate to Nigeria.
Sirika had confirmed this on his verified twitter handle saying the crew of the flight are also being interrogated as there shall be maximum penalty for the offence.
According to him, “COVID-19. Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous! The craft is impounded, crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!”.
Thetravelport.com.ng gathered that the airline flew from London Stansted airport to Spain and then flew to Nigeria with some passengers.
It was learnt that aviation authorities in Nigeria also discovered that the airline had already booked some passengers to be flown to the United Kingdom from Lagos before it was stopped from doing so.
“The airline sent a request to the Ministry of Aviation on May 12, 2020, to carry out a humanitarian flight, it got the approval from the Ministry on May 13, 2020 and it flew in today from Spain after leaving the United Kingdom with some passengers”, a source had hinted.