NCAA develops  restart strategy for aviation sector

Chinazor Megbolu

In order to remedy the menace caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the aviation industry, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said it’s ready to submit the aviation restart plan to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 today, June 24, 2020.

The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu said this during an interactive session with stakeholders in the aviation sector at a forum.
He added that the sector was prepared for a restart since the airline operators seemed ready to go.
Captain Nuhu further explained that the over 3-month lockdown period negatively affected the revenue generation of the NCAA.
“We are yet to get there but we are pretty close. The plan is that by Wednesday, we will submit our report to PTF. I reiterate we are pretty close.
“Your lack of operations put NCAA in a difficult situation. Our revenue is down by 90 to 95 per cent. We are almost ready. Like I said earlier, not all airlines and airports have to be necessarily ready before the restart.
“If anything goes wrong, NCAA will be held responsible. Sometime this week, the proposed restart date will be made known.
“If the airports get it right, the airlines’ job will be made easier. The airlines that have disinfected their aircraft should show proof to NCAA.
“On the middle seats, we need to listen to the health authority, even though I do not support the middle seat regime.
“We are liaising with the health authority to get the best for the airlines. It is our interest that airlines start flying yesterday”.
Nuhu, however,  maintained that with the collaboration of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), which shouldered the major pressure,  efforts were being made to get it right as airports are the most critical part of the value chain.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NCAA Covid-19 Committee, Engr. Godwin Balang in his address said that the guidelines control measures initiated by the NCAA to restart the sector are based on 10 key principles.

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