The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says the proposed take-off of a national carrier for December 24 is feasible.
According to its Director General, Capt. Usman Mukhar, if promoters of the project follow through with regulatory requirements, the process of getting an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) only takes 90 days, The Nation writes.
“The presence of the agencies inside the task force is to ensure that the right things are done, they are not midwifing in the real sense of the national carrier but they are guiding the process to ensure that it is done in line with the international standards and best practices in the area of safety, security and also comfort of the passengers.
“This time around, government says we should go and ensure that even before take-off that nothing is short-circuited, process followed so that they can come, start and stay. The same service we have rendered to every operator that came from the time the operator came at the first phase, coming with the intent that they want to start operating, it is one of the stages in the issuance of the Air Operators Certificate, to the time somebody want to do formal application.”
Capt. Usman then stressed that as far as NCAA is concerned, the December target is feasible because the process of obtaining the AOC and the permit could take a minimum of 90 days.
The Federal Government has stepped up the goal of establishing a national carrier to minimize disruptions in the aviation sector and reduce cost for ordinary Nigerians.