The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has confirmed that the
First Nation Airlines has shut down its operations in the country to
maintain its aircraft.
The suspension of operations by the First Nation Airlines is coming
barely 24 hours after Aero Contractors Airlines suspended operations.
Aero Contractors Airlines, Nigeria’s second largest commercial carrier,
announced an indefinite suspension of its scheduled flight services and
placed all its staff on indefinite leave with effect from Thursday,
September 1, 2016.
The Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, explained that the
decision by the First Nation Airlines was taken in order to ensure that
the airline carried out the required maintenance of its aircraft.
Usman, however, refuted claims that some of the domestic airlines were
winding down their operations regardless of the fact that they had
suspended flight services.
In a statement issued by the NCAA on Thursday and signed by its DG, it
said, “The First Nation Airlines on its part is in the middle of an
Engine Replacement Programme for one of its aircraft. Another aircraft
is due for mandatory maintenance as allowed by the regulatory authority.
“In these circumstances, these airlines clearly cannot continue to
undertake schedule operations, hence the inevitable recourse to self
Usman insisted that the domestic carriers had not wound down their
operations, but were “merely suspending their operations temporarily to
enable them undertake certain operational overhaul and strengthen their
overall operational outlay.”
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