Posted by Sade Williams
Nigeria Air project as a national carrier is still on course, even-though the hype about it has died down for a while, Director General, Nigerian Civil Authority (NCAA), Captain Muktar Usman has stated.
In a chat with journalists in Lagos, Usman stated that the government is working round the clock for a successful take-off.
He said that the Nigeria Air project arrangements would continue until it is delivered to the Nigerian people, stressing that even though people are now quiet about it, it does not mean that the project has stopped at all.
On the role of transaction advisers, Usman said “It is a process, the process is ongoing and it is transparent as people can see, it is to get the best for Nigeria. Nigerians has been yearning for the gaps created by the lack of having strong and viable carrier that would mean the demands and potentials of both the domestic market, the regional market and the International market”.
While assuring that the December take-off date is very feasible, the NCAA DG said that, as far as the regulatory agency is concerned to deliver on the two major certificates, the Air Transport Licence (ATL) and the Aircraft Operators Certificate (AOC), all things being equal is 90 days.
“We still have more than 90 days to the end of the year, so, it is still feasible, all things being equal, am just talking from the regulatory point of view”, Usman said.
In July this year, the federal government, through the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, revealed the branding and livery for a new national flag carrier, Nigeria Air, due to be launched in December.
During the launch at the Farnborough Air Show in London, United Kingdom, Sirika pledged that “We are all fully committed to fulfilling the campaign promise made by our President, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015. We are aiming to launch Nigeria Air by the end of this year”.